French Billionaires Pledge $680 Million to Restore Notre Dame Cathedral

France’s leading billionaires and companies have rallied to pledge $670 million (€600 million) to restore Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral following a devastating fire on Monday evening.

Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman of Kering (the parent company of Gucci), and his billionaire father, Francois Pinault, announced on Tuesday they would donate $113 million (€100 million) via their family investment company, Artemis. The Arnault family, owners of luxury goods group LVMH, also pledged $226 million (€200 million) after French President Emmanuel Macron called for donations to rebuild the French national icon.

“The Arnault family and the LVMH Group, in solidarity with this national tragedy, are committed to assist with the reconstruction of this extraordinary cathedral, symbol of France, its heritage and its unity,” the family said in a statement.

See full article from Forbes below

https://www.forbes.com/sites/iainmartin/2019/04/16/french-billionaires-pledge-340-million-to-restore-notre-dame/#63024bb15608

BBC news article on the fire below

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47941794