Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek
Fashion, Films
Rank 2017

Mexican-born actress Hayek, 50, is set to appear in four films this year, including the action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson. Her husband Pinault, who accompanied the former Ugly Betty producer to Paris fashion week in March, runs Kering, the luxury fashion business built by his father François. The latter started at the family woodmill, spending 11 years learning the trade, before launching his own business trading in timber.
   In the 1990s he expanded his operation, purchasing French department store chain Au Printemps in 1992, followed a year later by Bordeaux winery Château Latour, before handing over control of the business empire – then known as PPR – to his son François-Henri so as to concentrate on his 2,000-piece art collection.
   In 2014 Pinault, 55 later this month, and Hayek moved to London, though the former continues to pay taxes in France. He also enjoys the relative anonymity. “I’m not a celebrity but people recognise me in Paris,” Pinault told the Financial Times last year. He likes London’s cosmopolitan profile, too. “At private dinners here, there are five or six nationalities around the table and it’s normal – it’s not a big deal,” he said. “It’s not exactly the same in Paris.”
   The €30bn Kering, whose brands include Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, had revenues of €12.4bn in 2016. Pinault also chairs the family investment vehicle, Artemis. Its stake in Kering has surged over the past year to £8.56bn, while its art, Christie’s auction house and wine estate, among other interests, add £5bn to the Pinault coffers. In all, the family is worth £13.45bn. As Pinault runs the business, we ascribe a quarter of that to him, and to his £3.36bn wealth add £75m for Hayek, who earns about £12m a year from her film work.