Donations to help rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral are already pouring in, and one French billionaire pledged $113 million


Notre Dame Cathedral

The French billionaire, François-Henri Pinault, and his family have pledged 100 million euros ($113 million) to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, which caught fire on Monday evening.
Pinault is the CEO and chairman of the luxury group Kering — which owns luxury brands including Gucci and Alexander McQueen and more — and chairman of the holding company Groupe Artémis.
The Pinault family members are not the only donors cropping up less than 24 hours after the fire started at the historic Parisian cathedral — which engulfed part of the roof and caused the spire to collapse.
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The French billionaire, François-Henri Pinault, and his family have pledged 100 million euros ($113 million) to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, which went up in flames on Monday evening.

Pinault is the CEO and chairman of the luxury group Kering — which owns luxury brands including Gucci and Alexander McQueen and more — and chairman of the holding company Groupe Artémis.

In a statement on Twitter translated from French, Pinault’s son William said, “My father (François Pinault) and I have decided to release from Artemis funds, a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.”

The news was first reported by Agence France Presse.

“Mon père (François Pinault) et moi même avons décidé de débloquer dès à présent sur les fonds d’Artemis une somme de 100 millions d’euros pour participer à l’effort qui sera nécessaire à la reconstruction complète de Notre Dame”, écrit François-Henri Pinault

— William Plummer (@PlummerWilliam) April 15, 2019

Read more: Heartbreaking photos show the 800-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris burning to the ground

The Pinault family members are not the only donors cropping up less than 24 hours after a fire started at the historic Parisian cathedral — which engulfed part of the roof and caused the spire to collapse.

Reuters reported on Monday that the New York-based French Heritage Society’s newly-launched Notre-Dame Fire Restoration Fund.

“I fight back tears as I write this,” Elizabeth Stribling, chair of the French Heritage Society, said in a press release. “Notre Dame is more than a religious symbol, it speaks of human achievements and great art. Although it’s located in France, it is part of great world art that informs our culture and heritage. We must all spring to action.”

Additionally, folks around the world say they are raising funds for the Notre Dame on the crowdsourcing platform GoFundMe.

More than 50 GoFundMe campaigns were launched according Reuters’ count, several hours later, when INSIDER searched for “Notre Dame Cathedral fire,” more than 100 results came up.

A spokesman for GoFundMe told Reuters that it will “working with the authorities to find the best way of making sure funds get to the place where they will do the most good.”

A global campaign will be launched by France to gather donations to help rebuild, according to French President Emmanuel Macron. On Monday Macron said of Notre Dame, “We will rebuild it. All together.”

As of Tuesday …read more

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