If there is anything you shouldn’t be told about Salma Hayek Pinault, it’s the fact that she is a Mexican-American actress, producer, and former model. Born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, she rose to fame in Mexico starring in a local telenovela titled Teresa. Thereafter, she relocated to Los Angeles to explore more opportunities; this was in 1991. A few years down the line, she had become a global star, thanks to roles in films like Dogma, Wild Wild West, From Dusk till Dawn, and Desperado. Salma has since established herself as one of the most accomplished Hollywood entertainers from Mexico.
Amongst other coveted awards she has received, the actress has been nominated for Academy Award’s Best Actress. This was for playing Frida Kahlo in Frida, a 2002 biographical drama film about the life of late Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. So for an actress of her caliber, it is only natural that Salma Hayek’s private life has captured the interest of moviegoers across the globe. It is no secret that she has been married for over a decade to François-Henri Pinault with whom she has a daughter named Valentina Paloma Pinault Hayek. Needless to say, Salma’s family life revolves around François-Henri and Valentina; they are her most favorite people in the world.
Salma Hayek’s Husband Is Over Four Years Older Than Her
Born to a singer/talent scout mother named Diana Jiménez Medina and her husband Sami Hayek Domínguez, Salma Hayek is 55 years old. As you would easily find, she was born on the 2nd of September 1966. This means she is over four years younger than her husband François-Henri Pinault. From what we gathered, the man is 59 years old, he was born on the 28th of May 1962 and his place of birth was in Rennes, France. Yeah, Salma Hayek’s husband is French.
François-Henri Pinault came from a popular family, he is one of the three children of François Pinault and Louise Gautier. While much is not known about his mother, his father is a popular billionaire businessman: the founder of Artémis — a holding company with a portfolio of investments in various sectors — and Kering, a multinational corporation known for luxury goods, including brands like Gucci, Balenciaga, Veneta, and more.
The older François was born to a father who was a timber trader in Les Champs-Géraux, Brittany. He dropped out of school when he was 16 years old and fully committed to his father’s Timber business. Sometime in 1962, he got married to Louise Gautier with whom he had Salma Hayek’s husband and his two siblings named Dominique and Laurence Pinault. But as fate would have it, the union came crashing and they divorced in 1970. François-Henri Pinault’s father would later get remarried to an antique trader named Maryvonne Campbell. He has left the management of his companies to his first son, François-Henri, since 2003.
François-Henri Pinault Is The President of Kering and Groupe Artémis – The Source of His Family’s $42.3 Billion Net Worth
Salma Hayek has come a long way in the movie business and has been a part of multiple successful projects. Given that, it is not hard to see how she acquired her massive wealth currently estimated at $200 million. The amount, by all means, is enormous. But it seems insignificant compared to the wealth her husband’s family commands.
As of 2021, the family is considered to be the third richest in the whole of France with an estimated net worth of $42.3 billion acquired from the brand of luxury goods they offer in the fashion and retail industry. According to some sources, François-Henri Pinault alone is worth $7 billion. He might have other businesses and investment portfolios but as far as the public knows, the major source of his wealth is the companies his father founded.
François-Henri Pinault is the President of Groupe Artémis, he has held this position since 2003. The holding company is the parent company of Kering which has had Salma Hayek’s husband as its President and CEO since March 2005.
Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault Met In 2006 and Have Been Married Since Valentine’s Day of 2009
As far as the public knows, the love story of Hayek and Pinault began in the spring of 2006 when they met at a gala at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. Details of how they fell in love have been left to the imagination of anyone that cares for it. The couple has refrained from discussing it and practically every other thing about their relationship. In a 2019 interview, Salma Hayek described their meeting as “a romantic amazing story” but wouldn’t share more than that because she didn’t want to “vulgarise it”.
Anyway, things happened quickly for the actress and the billionaire as it emerged the following year that they were engaged and already expecting a child together. On Valentine’s Day of 2009, they got married in a city hall ceremony in Paris. A few weeks later, precisely on the 25th of April 2009, they had another ceremony in Venice, Italy, which was witnessed by several prominent figures, including Ashley Judd and Charlize Theron.
The couple has been married for over a decade and there have never been reports of marital issues. They have endeavored to keep their marriage away from the limelight but as far as anyone knows, they have been happily married.
Their Only Child Named Valentina Paloma Pinault Is 14 Years Old
Before they got married, roughly about a year after the couple met, it started circulating that they were expecting a child together. The actress confirmed this on the 9th of March 2007, the same day she divulged that she was engaged to François-Henri Pinault.
That same year, on the 2nd of September, the couple welcomed their first and only child thus far, a daughter named Valentina Paloma Pinault. She was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Paloma was roughly seven months away from her second birth anniversary when her parents got married.
Valentine Has Three Half-Siblings From Her Father’s Previous Relationships
François-Henri Pinault is the only person the famous Hollywood actress has been married to, just as Valentine is the only biological child she has. The same can’t be said about the French billionaire. Before he got involved with Salma Hayek who became his second wife, he had been married and divorced from Dorothée Lepère.
Pinault and Lepère got married in 1996 and their union lasted until 2004 when they parted ways. Before their divorce, they had two children: the first was a son named François; he was born in 1998, and then a daughter named Mathilde who was born in 2001.
Apart from his kids with his first wife, he also has a son named Augustin James Evangelista who was born in October 2006. Augustin’s mother is the famous Canadian model Linda Evangelista. She dated the French businessman from September 2005 to January 2006.