Salma Hayek’s husband, his immense fortune and the tax evasion scandal

Salma Hayek (56) y Francois-Henri Pinault (60) were married on February 14, 2009, a Valentine’s Day, after three years of dating. Since then, the marriage has climbed many places among the lists of the richest in the world. The actress’s husband is the president of the Kering group, a conglomerate of luxury brands such as Gucci or Balenciaga.

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His fortune, of 36.67 billion euros, places him in seat number 6 of the ten richest people in Europe, according to Forbes. As data, Amancio Ortega It ranks third on this same list with 54.09 billion euros.

François is a graduate of the French School of Business Studies, HEC. The now fashion tycoon entered the company founded by his father in 1987 and occupied various positions, until he completely inherited the empire that owns the fashion houses Gucci, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta, as well as the auction house Christie’s and the French winery Chateau Latour in 2003.

With the Mexican actress he has a daughter, Valentina Paloma, who was born in September 2007 and is also listed in the list of the richest children in the world. But the businessman is the father of three other children: two from his previous marriage with Dororthee Leper and one more next to the model Linda Evangelista.

In 2019, the Kering group donated more than 100 million euros for the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, devastated by fire a year earlier. But since that same year, the French company faces an investigation for alleged tax fraud. “The group would have evaded 2.5 billion euros in taxes between 2010 and 2017, including at least 180 million in France,” Mediapart reported. InfoLibre collects this Friday that “the bank was complicit in tax evasion.”

“When I married him, everyone was like, ‘Oh, it’s an arranged marriage. She married him for money. And I thought… think what you want. We’ve been together for fifteen years now and we’re very strong in love.’ Hayek said in an interview about the criticism he faces for his marriage to the tycoon.