The French billionaire, François-Henri Pinault, and his family have pledged 100 million euros ($113 million) to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, which caught fire on Monday evening. Pinault is the CEO and chairman of the luxury group Kering — which owns luxury brands including Gucci and Alexander McQueen and more — and chairman of the holding company Groupe Artémis. The Pinault family members are not the only donors cropping up less than 24 hours after the fire started at the historic Parisian cathedral — which engulfed part of the roof and caused the spire to collapse.
In a statement on Twitter translated from French, Pinault’s son William said, “My father (François Pinault) and I have decided to release from Artemis funds, a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.”
“I fight back tears as I write this,” Elizabeth Stribling, chair of the French Heritage Society, said in a press release. “Notre Dame is more than a religious symbol, it speaks of human achievements and great art. Although it’s located in France, it is part of great world art that informs our culture and heritage. We must all spring to action.”
Additionally, folks around the world say they are raising funds for the Notre Dame on the crowdsourcing platform GoFundMe.
More than 50 GoFundMe campaigns were launched according Reuters’ count, several hours later, when INSIDER searched for “Notre Dame Cathedral fire,” more than 100 results came up.
A spokesman for GoFundMe told Reuters that it will “working with the authorities to find the best way of making sure funds get to the place where they will do the most good.”
A global campaign will be launched by France to gather donations to help rebuild, according to French President Emmanuel Macron. On Monday Macron said of Notre Dame, “We will rebuild it. All together.”
As of Tuesday morning, the fire had been contained. However, it was unclear the extent of the damage done to the more than 850-year-old building that was completed in the 13th century.