France’s top 10 richest drinks barons

30th August, 2017 by Rupert Millar

4. François Pinault

Worth: €19bn
Company: Kering/Groupe Artemis
Sector: Luxury goods

Not the man married to Selma Hayek (that’s his son, François-Henri), the elder Pinault built up the Kering group from a building materials business (timber mostly) to a serious competitor in the luxury goods field.

Today the group’s brands include Gucci (which asked him to save it from being incorporated into LVMH in 1999 leading to a ‘battle’ between Pinault and Arnault), Stella McCartney, Brioni and Alexander McQueen.

Through his holding company Artemis meanwhile, he also owns Converse shoes, Samsonite luggage, the Vail ski resort in Colorado, Christie’s auction house and – the big wine link – Château Latour which he bought in 1993.

It’s not his only wine investment however. He also owns Château Siaurac in Pomerol, Château Grillet in the Rhône, Domaine d’Eugénie in Vosne-Romanée (previously Domaine René Engel) and the Eisele Vineyard in Napa Valley (previously Araujo Estate).

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