The French billionaire and entrepreneur François Pinault (* 1936) made his money in the luxury goods and food trade. His company group PPR (Pinault-Printemps-Redoute) is run since 2001 by his son François-Henri Pinault (born 1962) as Chairman of the Board. This group includes the brands Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, the Parisian luxury department stores Printemps-Redoute, the furniture group Conforama, the electronics chain Fnac, since 1998 the auction house Christie's, as well as the football club Stade Rennes. Pinault owns 42.6% of the company.
He is also an important art collector with, for example, works by Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko and Jeff Koons. In Venice, Palazzo Grassi, on the banks of the Grand Canal, was acquired and rebuilt by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando into a museum opened in 2006.
In 1992, the holding company Groupe Artemis was founded, which invests in promising industries. The Artemis Domaines subdivision selectively deals with high quality vineyards and wineries with growth potential. These include Château-Grillet (Rhône) Château Latour (Bordeaux) Château Le Prieuré (Saint-Emilion) Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol) and Domaine d'Eugenie (Burgundy). Pinault competes with Bernard Arnault, the owner of the other French luxury goods group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) with similar ambitions. See also below Viticulture personalities,