Billionaire François-Henri Pinault just pledged more than 100 million euros to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral

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The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been saved after hearth broke out within the early hours of Monday night, however not earlier than in depth injury was inflicted on the 856-year-old constructing, with a lot of its roof collapsing into itself, together with its most important spire.

The hearth had blazed for eight hours earlier than firefighters have been capable of largely include it, together with saving its two iconic rectangular towers and lots of of its valuable relics, together with the Crown of Thorns, stated to have been worn by Jesus Christ earlier than the crucifixion. Nonetheless, as French President Emmanual Macron stated outdoors the cathedral as soon as the hearth was almost extinguished, “The worst has been prevented, however the battle isn’t absolutely gained but.” Macron continued on to say that France deliberate to start out a world fundraising marketing campaign to boost cash for the renovations.

He might have a serious head begin on that marketing campaign, because of billionaire François-Henri Pinault, who has already pledged greater than 100 million euros to rebuild the cathedral. According to the AFP, Pinault stated in a press release that he plans to offer the cash via his household’s funding agency, Artemis — funding that he hopes will assist church officers “utterly rebuild Notre Dame.”

Pinault owns the French luxurious group Kering, which oversees the posh style manufacturers Gucci and Saint Laurent, amongst others. Lesser recognized is that he’s a little bit of a geek, or was as soon as.

Pinault talked with TechCrunch years in the past about his early love of pc science and about having interned at Hewlett Packard as a software program developer. On the time, he additionally stated he helped begin Mushy Computing, an organization that was based in Paris in 1984 by fellow college students of Pinault, Eric Fischmeister and Gilles Venturi. They later took the corporate public and, final December, sold a majority stake within the enterprise to advert big Publicis.

An lively philanthropist, Pinault has seemingly steered round a lot of the startup world since, in contrast to others of the world’s richest individuals. His few recognized startup investments embrace an early verify to the web buying platform Fancy. Extra lately, he helped provide funding to Muzik, an L.A.-based maker of so-called sensible headphones that raised $70 million from buyers final Might.