At 21, Mathilde Pinault is an accomplished rider. But the weight of her legacy has not always been easy to bear for the daughter of billionaire François-Henri Pinault.
For Mathilde Pinault, her family name and her heritage are not always easy to bear. If the daughter of François-Henri Pinault pursues a fine career as a rider, she suffers from the weight of fame and the fortune of her father. According to the latest ranking established by Forbesin 2022, the CEO of Kering is the fourth richest Frenchman, with a nest egg estimated at 32 billion euros. “My discipline is expensive and not accessible to the greatest numbersays Mathilde Pinault in the columns of Paris Match, this Thursday, June 30. I can bump into Anna Wintour at a fashion show and, two hours later, be at the café with my friends. I don’t want to get used to these kinds of events. I pass from one world to another.” Mature, the 21-year-old young woman wants to keep her feet on the ground and live as normal a daily life as possible.
However, when she was a child, the daughter-in-law of François-Henri Pinault suffered a lot. In the columns of our colleagues, she recounts having been “abused” by his classmates. A complicated moment that she remembers perfectly. “I was in sixth grade, I had been bullied at school and I was not well”, she says. And to evoke the important presence of his mother, Dorothée Lepère, at his side: “I can still see the two of us in her room. She said to me, ‘You know who you are. You know what you are doing and in what context. Don’t let yourself be taken in by what other people think of you. ‘”. Like her mother, Salma Hayek had a positive influence on Mathilde Pinault. “She has a flame that soothes me”summarizes the young woman about the actress, whom her father married on February 14, 2009.
Mathilde Pinault: “I am lucky to benefit from this support from my family”
“She helps me in my everyday life. She teaches me to keep a sense of priorities (…) She guides me in a very pragmatic way to face difficulty after difficulty”, confides Mathilde Pinault again. In the columns of Stud for life a few months ago, the young rider claimed to try to “stay as humble as possible” in relation to his inheritance and the fortune of his family. “Of course I have good horses and financial support behind it. I’m lucky to have this support from my family, but they themselves have worked hard to obtain all this. I would say that in France, it’s a subject to be taken with a grain of salt: you obviously always have to stay as humble as possible, but that doesn’t stop people from judging, unfortunately often wronglyregretted the daughter of François-Henri Pinault. I will live this all my life, I know it and I am prepared to face it.”