The world was shocked and heartbroken to learn that Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire on Monday afternoon. The famous building in Paris has been around for hundreds of years and was home to some incredible parts of history.
Crew worked around the clock to put out the flames. While some parts of the cathedral were utterly destroyed, other parts remained intact.
Now, a famous man has just come forward and offered his own money to help pay for the restoration of Notre Dame. Salma Hayek's husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, pledged the money.
Pinault announced Tuesday that he will draw almost $113 million in funds from his family’s investment firm, Artemis, “to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre-Dame,” the French newspaper Le Figaro reported.
The couple is said to own a home near the cathedral. They are obviously very passionate about Notre Dame and are extremely generous to offer such a large sum of money to help rebuild the structure.
"Pinault, 56, who is the chairman and CEO of Kering, a Paris-based luxury group behind brands including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, married the Mexican and American actress Salma Hayek in Paris in 2009, Yahoo News reported," said Fox.
Pinault comes from a long line of wealthy businessmen. His father is reportedly worth over $37 billion.
"Bernard Arnault, owner of the luxury goods group LVMH, which is responsible for Moët Hennessy and Louis Vuitton SE among other brands, pledged $226 million toward reconstruction efforts. The Arnault family and LVMH will make the donation to save such an important 'symbol of France, its heritage and its unity,' LVMH said in a statement," according to Fox.
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