The French businessman, father of François-Henri, and father in-law to Salma Hayek, François Pinault owns Kering, the holding company for luxury goods—Gucci, Alexander McQueen, et al.—as well as Christie’s auction house. A high-school drop-out and self-made billionaire, Pinault started out in his family’s timber trade. Today, his contemporary-art collection is recognized as one of the world’s largest. It has all the names you might expect, like Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, and Urs Fischer. In 2005, he bought a palace in Venice, Palazzo Grassi, to house parts of his collection, and he is currently at work on plans to open another museum, this one in Paris, near the Louvre. In 2019, after the Cathedral de Notre-Dame in Paris caught fire, he and François-Henri pledged to put €100 million (about $113 million) toward a rebuilding campaign

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François Pinault


Source of wealth:
Luxury goods (Kering) and auctions (Christie's)

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

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Fun fact:

Pinault has collaborated on the design of his two private museums, both housed in historic buildings, with Japanese architect Tadao Ando.