) is a French manufacturer of fine crystal glassware located in Baccarat, France.
The company owns two museums: the Musée Baccarat in Baccarat, Meurthe-et-Moselle and the Musée Baccarat in Paris on the Place des États-Unis.
Wiese has been chairman of Invicta Holdings Limited since 2006.
Wiese has become the 11th most successful businessman in his chosen fields of industry (accounting, banking, finance, consumer goods, fashion, and retail) and the 69th most successful person in South African history.
In 1764 King Louis XV of France gave permission to found a glassworks in the town of Baccarat in the Lorraine region in eastern France to Prince Bishop Cardinal Louis-Joseph de Laval-Montmorency (1710-1802).
Production consisted of window panes, mirrors and stemware until 1816 when the first crystal oven went into operation.
The chairman of Baccarat from 1960 to 1992 was René de Chambrun, former Vichy France's Prime Minister Pierre Laval's son-in-law.
As of 2010 there are stores in Costa Mesa, California; Houston, Texas; Greenwich, Connecticut; New York City; Palm Desert, California; and Las Vegas.This began a lengthy line of commissions for royalty and heads of state throughout the world.In 1855 Baccarat won its first gold medal at the Worlds Fair in Paris.As of August 2016, Steinhoff International is a German-listed billion furniture conglomerate led by South African retail mogul Christo Wiese who is also Steinhoff’s chairman and largest shareholder.However, he no longer owns the winery as he sold the property to a foreign investment firm for an undisclosed sum on 7 March 2012.Wiese originally bought the property in 1991 in order to diversify his wealth.