In 1987, when I was just 22, my father died in a car accident, leaving me the 60-hectare Languedoc wine estate that he and my grandmother had built. At the time, I was playing high-level rugby, and thoughts of taking over the family business were far off. But I knew this was a moment in which I had to step up.

A version of this article appeared in the January–February 2024 issue of Harvard Business Review.