Salma Hayek’s husband pledges millions to help rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral after fire

By Zach Harper

François-Henri Pinault’s name may not be well-known outside of France, other than to Salma Hayek fans. He married the Academy Award-nominated star in 2009, and has made millions since 2005 as chair and CEO of Kering. The firm owns brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and more. Now, François-Henri is donating €100 million ($150.8 million) to rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral after Monday’s (April 15) catastrophic fire.

The 56-year-old told France’s Le Figaro newspaper the money will come from his family’s holding company and he hopes it will help completely reconstruct the famous building, which was completed in 1260. “This tragedy strikes all the French and beyond all those who are attached to the spiritual values,” he told the newspaper in French. “Faced with such a tragedy, everyone wishes to give life back to this jewel of our heritage.”

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Salma was one of several celebrities who reacted to the Notre-Dame blaze on Monday. “As many others, I’m in deep shock and sadness to witness the beauty of Notre-Dame turn into smoke,” she wrote on Instagram. “I love you Paris.”

François-Henri isn’t the only French billionaire contributing to the reconstruction efforts. Bernard Arnault, the CEO of LVMH Group, which owns brands such as Christian Dior, Dom Pérignon, Hennessy, Moët and Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Givenchy, Sephora, Hublot, TAG Heuer, Guerlain, Marc Jacobs Beauty and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, pledged €200 million ($301.6 million), according to CNN. That amount was then matched by the Bettencourt Meyers family, which controls L’Oréal.

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