French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, the husband of Salma Hayek promised almost $113 million to rebuild Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral. It was damaged by a devastating fire on Monday.
He will draw almost $113 million in funds from his family’s investment firm, Artemis.
Pinault is the chairman and CEO of Kering (a Paris-based luxury group behind brands including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen). Hayek posted on Instagram, “As many others, I’m in deep shock and sadness to witness the beauty of Notre-Dame turn into smoke. I love you Paris.”
Owner of the luxury goods group LVMH, Bernard Arnault pledged $226 million toward reconstruction efforts. LVMH said in a statement that the Arnault family and LVMH will make the donation to save such an important “symbol of France, its heritage and its unity.”