The three wealthiest families in France have announced major donations to help rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris after the iconic cathedral was partially destroyed by fire on April 15. François-Henri Pinault, president of Kering, has announced that the Pinault family, via Artémis, its holding company, will donate €100 million. LVMH and Bernard Arnault, its chairman and chief executive, have pledged €200 million. Arnault recently passed Warren Buffet to take the third spot in Forbes' ranking of the world's wealthiest persons. The rich Bettencourt Meyers family, which owns a 33 percent stake in L'Oreal, said that it would also donate €200 million, via its Bettencourt Schueller Foundation. The Fondation du Patrimonies, a French charity, has launched an international appeal to raise funds. Among the other pledges, the chief executive of Total, Patrick Pouyanné, tweeted that the French oil company would contribute €100 million to the fund, while Capgemini pledged €1 million.

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