On the 15th of April, Notre Dame the 850-year-old cathedral caught on fire. The cathedral survived the devastating fire, but the fire left a lot of destruction in its wake. The fire tore through the church’s upper reaches and tore down its spire. The fire left the world in shock and many mourned the loss of the building. Many thoughts turned to restoring Notre Dame and the French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that Notre Dame will be rebuilt.
Rebuilding Notre Dame will demand a great deal of money and effort, something Notre Dame has lacked in recent years as they considered restoring the historic landmark. But the recent tragedy has created a sense of urgency to save the historic landmark. Many pledges have been rolling in to help rebuild the cathedral. A lot of citizens, some of France’s richest families, corporations have been making donations to help rebuild Notre Dame. Here a list of brands and big-time donors who have made pledges to help restore the historic cathedral:
Brands Chipping in to Help Restore Notre Dame
- François-Henri Pinault: This is the family that controls luxury conglomerate Kering. Kering owns brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, the family has pledged €100 million ($113 million) in funds through the family’s investment arm, Artémis.
- LVMH: This is the luxury giant behind brands like Louis Vuitton, Celine, and Moët & Chandon. The luxury giant and the family which owns the corporation, the Arnault have pledged €200 million ($226 million).
- Total: This is an oil producing company, the corporation is one of France’s largest company by sales. They are contributing €100 million ($113 million).
- Martin Bouygues and Olivier Bouygues: These are the brothers who run one of France’s largest construction companies. The Bouygues have offered €10 million ($11 million) in personal funds. They also offered to help to rebuild and to assemble the people needed to rebuild Notre Dame.
- Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière: He controls investment firm Fimalac, has committed to €10 million ($11 million).
- Capgemini: It is a technology consulting firm, they have pledged €1 million ($1.1 million).
- L’Oreal: the French cosmetics company said it would donate €200 million ($226 million) along with the Bettencourt Meyers family and the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.
Some other companies have also offered to contribute unspecified amounts and their expertise. Some of such corporations include Apple, Paribas, Societe Generale, Vinci Group and Credit Agricole.