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A Kenyan Retreat

Jochen Zeitz is opening his 50,000-acre Kenyan retreat to rehabilitate the local area and develop a new type of tourism. On the Laikipia plateau, in Kenya’s central highlands, the sky feels low, the horns of the giraffe at risk of puncturing the flat-bottomed clouds. The land here ranges between 1,700m and 2,550m above sea level, and as our helicopter flies across the plateau, we pass herds of wildlife, subsistence farms – and the occasional millionaire’s retreat. We hover above Ol Jogi, a 58,000-acre wilderness owned by the Wildensteins, the French art-dealing family. Then it’s on to Segera, the 50,000-acre ranch – more than three times the size of Manhattan – belonging to the German entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz, 50. Appointed chief executive of Puma aged 30, Zeitz is now director of luxury goods group Kering (whose brands include Gucci, Stella McCartney and Balenciaga) and chairman of its sustainable development committee.

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