François Pinault( 21 August 1936 - Present )
François Pinault is a French businessman and art collector. He is the major shareholder and honorary chairman of the retail company Kering.
François Pinault was born on 21 August 1936 in >Les Champs-Géraux, a commune in the north of Brittany.
His holding company Artemis S.A., owns , among others, Converse shoes, Samsonite luggage, >Château Latour, the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado, and Christie's auction house. Artemis also owns Executive Life Insurance Company in California, which was sued by policy holders when the company failed.
He led Pinault-Printemps-Redoute through a long battle over control of Gucci, the Italian fashion house, which began with an attempted takeover of Gucci by LVMH, the world's largest luxury goods company. In March 1999, Gucci asked PPR to acquire an...