The French businessman, father of François-Henri, and father in-law to Salma Hayek, owns Kering, the holding company of all things luxury—Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and just about everything that LVMH doesn’t own. 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’d 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 in 2016, he announced that he was at work on plans to open another museum, in Paris, near the Louvre.

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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.