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François Pinault is Managing Partner of Financière Pinault.
He started his first business in the timber trade in 1963 in Rennes.
In 1988, he floated Pinault S.A. on the stock exchange and progressively steered the company’s business towards specialised retail.
In 1992, François Pinault founded Artémis, designed as a vehicle to invest in high-growth potential companies in completely different sectors from those of Pinault-Printemps-Redoute. PPR entered the luxury market in 1999 when it acquired an equity interest in Gucci Group.
In 2003, François Pinault handed over the reins of his company to his son, François-Henri Pinault, who subsequently became Chairman of Artémis.
Now, Pinault's holding company, Artemis owns Christie's International auction house, the flagship Printemps department stores, the mail-order business La Redoute, the leading music, electronics and book chain Fnac, a classic Bordeaux vineyard, Chateau Latour, luggage maker Samsonite, Le Point magazine, a first division French football club, the Vail ski resorts in Colorado, beauty products division of Sanofi and many other.
François Pinault is one of the top contemporary art collectors in the world. In order to share some of his collection with the public, he set up two unique exhibition sites in Venice (Italy), the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana.
From timber merchant to corporate axeman GUARDIAN
An article by Jon Henley in Guardian on life and success history of François Pinault.