The French billionaire and entrepreneur François Pinault (* 1936) made his money in the luxury goods and food trade. His group PPR (Pinault-Printemps-Redoute) has been led by his son François-Henri Pinault (* 1962) as CEO since 2001. This group includes the brands Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, the Parisian luxury department stores Printemps-Redoute, the furniture group Conforama, the electrical chain Fnac, and 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 works by Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko and Jeff Koons, for example. In Venice, the Palazzo Grassi on the banks of the Grand Canal was acquired and converted by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando into the museum opened in 2006.
In 1992, the holding company Groupe Artemis was founded, which invests in promising industries. The Artemis Domaines division deals selectively with high-quality vineyards and wineries with growth potential. These include Château-Grillet (Rhône) Château Latour (Bordeaux) Château Le Prieuré (Saint-Emilion) Chateau 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 under Viticulture personalities,