François Pinault

Collector and founder of the Pinault Collection, with two venues in Venice, working on a major new Paris building

France’s second-richest man turned his attention slightly away from art this year, with his most visible contribution to culture being the €100m he and his son pledged towards restoring Notre-Dame. But he’s also been busy with a major architectural project of his own. It was recently announced that the luxury-goods magnate’s long-promised, Tadao Ando-designed private museum will open next summer in the Bourse de Commerce, just around the corner from the Louvre. Having absorbed €170m in construction costs, Pinault’s new location in the French capital will showcase some of the highlights from a billion-euro collection. The exhibition programme is still under wraps, but it will undoubtedly strengthen Paris’s reputation as a renascent art centre and Pinault’s position as an artworld kingpin, both as a megacollector and majority shareholder in the world’s leading auction house, Christie’s. For now, however, the owner of two Andodesigned museums in Venice remains in something of a holding pattern.