28 May 1962) is a French businessman, the chairman and CEO ofKeringsince 2005, and President ofGroupe Artmissince 2003. Under his leadership, Kering divested theretailindustry and became aluxurygroup.

François-Henri Pinault is the son ofFrançois Pinault, the founder ofPinault S.A., which later became Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, then PPR, and then Kering. François-Henri Pinault graduated fromHEC School of Management(1985). During his studies, he cofounded the still existing CRM company Soft Computing with other fellow students, and did an internship atHewlett-Packardin Paris as a database software developer. After graduating, he completed military service in the French Consulate in Los Angeles, and was in charge of studying fashion and new technology sectors.23

In 1987, François-Henri Pinault began his career at PPR (then called Pinault Distribution) where he was promoted manager of the buying department in 1988, head manager of France Bois Industries in 1989, and head manager of Pinault Distribution in 1990.4

In the 1990s, as Pinault Distribution became PPR, an international player in the retail sector, François-Henri Pinault became president ofCFAOin 1993 and CEO ofFnacin 1997.5

In May 2003, François-Henri Pinault became vice-president of PPR and president chairman of Artemis, the holding company that controls the assets of the Pinault family.5In March 2005, he became chairman and CEO of PPR.4

At the helms of the group, he grew concerned about PPRs close ties to the European market and its eclectic set of numerous businesses. Looking for high-growth segments, he oriented the group towards fashion and luxury.6He sold PPRs leading retail assets:ConforamaCFAOPrintemps, Fnac andLa Redoute. PPR then merged with theGucci group, its subsidiary since 1999. The brandsGucciYves Saint-LaurentBottega VenetaBalenciagaBoucheronAlexander McQueenandStella McCartneywere now under the direct supervision of PPRs executives. The group expanded its portfolio of luxury brands with the acquisition of Swiss watchmakerGirard-Perregaux(2011), Italian tailorBrioni(2011), Hong Kong jewelerQeelin(2012), Italian jewelerPomellato(2013), British brandChristopher Kane(2013), German designerTomas Maier, Swiss watchmakerUlysse Nardin(2014). Kering also developed a sports & lifestyle division with the acquisition ofPuma(2007) andVolcom(2011). He made sustainability a pillar of the company by introducing new solutions to dramatically reduce the pollution of the luxury and textile industry.7

From 2003 to 2014, the sales recorded by PPR had dropped by more than a half, but its profits had grew by 40%.6From 2005 to 2017, the luxury revenues of the group rose from 3 to 10 billion euros.89

In June 2013, François-Henri Pinault changed the groups name from PPR to Kering. The new name is a reference to hisBretonroots, Ker meaning home in the regions dialect, and sounds like caring.1011In 2018, as revenues grew 27% to 15.5 billion euros the year before, he announced his plan to outperformLouis Vuittonwith Gucci over time.12

In 2018, François-Henri Pinault confirmed Kerings exit of the Sport & Lifestyle sector to focus solely on the Luxury sector.13

Co-founder and member of the board of Soft Computing

Founder of the Electronic Business Group (2000)

Owner ofStade Rennais, a FrenchLigue 1football club

Member of the management board ofChâteau Latour

In 2008, François-Henri Pinault created theKering Foundationto defend and promote womens rights.14In 2015, Kering launched theWomen in Motionprogram with theCannes Film Festivalto raise gender issues within the film industry.15

François-Henri Pinault is a member ofThe B Team, a pro-environmentnot-for-profit organizationfounded byRichard Branson.16In 2009, he financed the documentaryHomebyYann Arthus-Bertrand, which shows aerial shots of various places on Earth and discusses how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.17In January 2018, Kering was named top sustainable textile, apparel and luxury goods corporation in the.18

In June 2016, alongside his fatherFrançois Pinault, he introduced the renovation project of theBourse de Commerce buildingin Paris which will house part of the Pinault familys art collection.19

Through the family holding Artmis, he also invested in the cruise ship operatorCompagnie du Ponantin 201520and the tech investment firm Red River West in 2017.21

After theNotre-Dame de Paris fire, Pinault committed 100 million euros to the rebuilding of the partially destroyed French cathedral.2223

In May 2019, François-Henri Pinault was designated by French presidentEmmanuel Macronto create a coalition of fashion companies dedicated to grown sustainable models for the industry. Pinault stated that competition within the industry obstructed the rollout of global sustainable solutions.24

2015: ADL (Anti-Defamation League) International Leadership Award for setting a standard in corporate responsibility and raise awareness about discrimination against women and other minorities.

2018: 4 in Best Performing CEOs in the World by

Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault at the 2017 Cannes festival.

François-Henri Pinault was married to Dorothe Lepre from 1996 to 2004, and they had two children together, a son François (b. 1999) and a daughter Mathilde (b. 2001).30

François-Henri Pinault dated supermodelLinda Evangelistafrom September 2005 to January 2006, and they had a child together, Augustin James Evangelista, born October 2006.3132

In April 2006, he began dating the actressSalma Hayek. In March 2007, it was reported that Hayek was pregnant, and later that month the couple was engaged.33Their daughter Valentina was born on 21 September 2007.3435They married on 14 February 2009 in Paris, in theSixth Arrondissementtown hall. Two months later, on 25 April 2009, they renewed their wedding vows in the presence of their family and friends in Venice.36

François-Henri Pinault is a regular participant, together with his wife, to the investment bankAllen & Co.s annual weeklong conference organized every year inSun Valley, Idaho.3738

François-Henri Pinault (PPR): le nouvel empire.

Joe Einhorn (5 August et Le Geek: Francois-Henri Pinault.

Peter Gumbel (2 September 2009).The new king of luxury.

François-Henri Pinault (March 2014).Kerings CEO on Finding the Elusive Formula for Growing Acquired Brands.

Elizabeth Paton (25 January 2017).François-Henri Pinault, Kering Chief, on Why Green Is the New Black.

Maura Brannigan (13 February 2018).Kering is appropriately freaking out over its most profitable year on the record.

François-Henri Pinaults Luxury Group PPR Changes Name to Kering.

Harriet Agnew (13 February 2016).Pinault looks ahead at Louis Vuitton as Gucci grows.

Chris Reiter; Robert Williams (11 January 2018).Kering Pares Back Its Puma Shares to Focus on Luxury Goods.

Vanity Fair Nominates François-Henri Pinault to Its Hall of Fame.

Tatiana Siegel (5 December 2015).Cannes Fashion Partner Francois-Henri Pinault on His Festival Strategy and Why the Red Carpet Matters.

Information about the movie – Home – Un film de Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Homethemovie.org. Archived fromthe originalon 2014-01-11

Lorelei Marfil (23 January 2018).Kering Named Most Sustainable Global Corporation.

Tina Isaac-Goiz (26 June 2017).Pinault Presents Future Museum in Paris.

Doug Gollan(4 January 2018).How The Billionaire Owner Of Gucci And Brioni Wants To Make Expedition Cruises Fashionable.

Delphine Cuny (27 June 2017).Un fonds des Pinault va soutenir la French Tech aux Etats-Unis.

Incendie Notre-Dame: la famille Pinault dbloque 100 millions deuros

OKane, Caitlin (16 April 2019).Several of the worlds richest French billionaires donate more than $500 million to rebuild Notre Dame.

Emily Farra (16 May 2019).At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, Kerings François-Henri Pinault Shares a Radical New Vision of Sustainability.

Dcret du 14 avril 2006 portant promotion et nomination.

Miles Socha; Joelle Diderich (8 December 2015).Livia Firth Hands Out Inaugural GCC Awards in Paris.

Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering, is Honored with ADL International Leadership Award.

Clare OConnor (3 May 2012).Billionaire Baby Daddy Drama: Linda Evangelista Takes Salma Hayeks Husband To Court.

Laure Italiano (1 July 2011).Salma Hayeks hubby fathered Linda Evangelistas son.

Salma Hayeks Husband, François-Henri Pinault, Is the Father of Linda Evangelistas Son.

Norman, Pete (9 March 2007).Salma Hayek: Engaged and Pregnant!. People

Salma Hayek Has a Baby Girl. People. 22 September 2007

Francois-Henri Pinault biography. Browse Biography. 2010-12-12

Vicki Hyman/The Star-Ledger (2009-04-27).Star-Ledger article on remarriage in Venice. Nj.com

Aly Weisman (10 July 2015).24 power couples at Allen & Co.s annual summer camp for billionaires

Vanessa Friedman (19 July 2017).How to dress down like a power player.

Patricia Barbizet(Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors)

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