|Real Name:||François Pinault|
|Birth Day:||August 21, 1936|
|Birth Place:||Paris, France, France|
|#1||François-Henri Pinault||Children||$7 Billion||N/A||58||Business|
|#3||Louise Gautier||Former spouse||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#4||Augustin James Evangelista||Grandchildren||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#5||Valentina Paloma Pinault||Grandchildren||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||13||Celebrity Family Member|
|#8||François- Henri Pinault||Son||N/A||N/A||N/A|
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François Pinault was born on 21 August 1936 in Les Champs-Géraux, a commune in the north of Brittany in the west of France. His father was a timber trader.
Pinault grew up in the rural French countryside, beginning his career working for his family's timber business. He dropped out of school at the age of 16 from the College Saint-Martin in Rennes where the upper-class children teased him because of his rural accent and his peasant family. In 1956, he enlisted in the military during the Algerian war. Afterwards, he returned to the family business, which he sold following his father's death.
In 1962, he married Louise Gautier. They had three children: François-Henri, Dominique, and Laurence Pinault. The couple divorced five years later, and in 1970, Pinault married Maryvonne Campbell, an antique trader in Rennes who introduced him to the world of art. His first art purchases date back to this period.
With the help of family and a bank loan from the Crédit Lyonnais, Pinault started his first business in 1963 as a wood-trading company. The business grew strongly. His group bought several companies facing bankruptcy, in particular Chapelle Darblay, and relaunched them.
Pinault bought his first significant painting, Cour de ferme by Paul Sérusier, in 1980. He collected art of the 20th century (Mondrian, Picasso, Man Ray, ...) before following contemporary art and artists (David Hammons, Rudolf Stingel, Damien Hirst, Koons, Subodh Gupta, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, Donald Judd, Robert Ryman, ...). In 2019, the collection counts around 5,000 works.
On 25 October 1988, Pinault SA was taken public in the Paris stock exchange. Pinault started to change the direction of its investments to retail companies. He bought a majority stake in CFAO (specialized distribution in Africa), Conforama (furnishing retailer), Printemps (department store), La Redoute (mail order), and Fnac (books and electronics retailer). His company was renamed Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR) in 1993.
In 1990, following a fire in the Paimpont forest in Brittany, Pinault immediately financed the reforestation project. In 2000, he provided a significant financial assistance to help the islands in Brittany affected by the oil spill following the sinking of the Erika.
In 1992, Pinault set up the holding company Artémis to manage the Pinault family's investments. Controlled 100% by Pinault and his family, Artémis controls through its subsidiary Artémis Domaine the French vineyard Château Latour (Bordeaux), the Clos de Tart (Bourgogne), the Domaine d'Eugénie (Vosne-Romanée), Château Grillet (Rhône Valley), Eisele Vineyard (Napa Valley). Among other investments, Artémis bought the news magazine Le Point in 1997, the auction house Christie's in 1998, and the luxury cruise company Ponant in 2015.
By the end of century, Pinault started to shift his group towards the luxury industry. In March 1999, Pinault-Printemps-Redoute purchased a controlling 42% stake of the Gucci Group for $3 billion, and bought the Yves Saint Laurent company. Pinault then purchased the French jewelry company Boucheron in 2000, Balenciaga in 2001, and the British fashion house Alexander McQueen.
In May 2003, Pinault handed over the management of his companies to his son François-Henri. François-Henri Pinault became Chairman of PPR, and continued consolidating the luxury business with new brand acquisitions (Brioni, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato...). In 2013, PPR changed its name to Kering. In 2018, the group's sales reached 13.66 billion euros, up 26.3% over the previous year.
In the early 2000s, Pinault had planned to develop a major contemporary art museum on the Île Seguin (Boulogne-Billancourt, suburbs of Paris) to house his collection. He assigned the Japanese architect Tadao Ando to design the building. After endless administrative delays, he cancelled the project in 2005.
The same year, he bought Palazzo Grassi SpA which operates the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. Tadao Ando renovated the historical building. The Palazzo Grassi housed the first exhibition of Pinault Collection in 2006. One year later, the Venice city council awarded the tender of the Punta della Dogana, which had been abandoned for 30 years, to Pinault Collection, adding 5,000 m2 to the Palazzo Grassi spaces in Venice. Tadao Ando restored the historical site, which reopened to the public in June 2009. In 2013, Pinault achieved the third chapter of his cultural project in Venice with the renovation and transformation of the Teatrino, an open-air theatre in ruins. Conceived by Tadao Ando, the new Teatrino holds a 225-seat auditorium.
In 2014, Pinault launched through the Pinault Collection an artist residency program in Lens (Northern France). A former rectory was acquired and renovated by the NeM architecture agency. The artist residence opened in 2015. The American artists Melissa Dubbin and Aaron Davidson were the first artists selected for this program. The Belgian artist Edith Dekundt was in residency for 2016/2017, followed by the Brazilian artist Luca Arrada (2017/2018) and Hicham Berrada (2018/2019). The artists are selected by Pinault Collection in collaboration with Louvre-Lens, FRAC Nord Pas de Calais, and Le Fresnoy art school.
In 2015, in memory of his friend the writer (and Picasso biographer) Pierre Daix who died in 2014, Pinault created the Pierre Daix Prize to reward an outstanding book on modern and contemporary art every year.
In 2016, Pinault and the city of Paris announced their plan to turn the Bourse de commerce in the center of Paris (first arrondissement) into a new, Pinault Collection-branded, contemporary art museum. The architect Tadao Ando was put in charge of transforming the historic building. The opening was announced for the spring of 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new opening date was announced for January 2021.
In 2018, Pinault made a significant contribution to the restoration of Victor Hugo's house, the Hauteville House, in Guernsey.
Currently, Francois Pinault is 85 years, 11 months and 26 days old. Francois Pinault will celebrate 86th birthday on a Sunday 21st of August 2022.
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