It’s Good to Be François Pinault

Francois Pinault

Pinault the Elder is not un-hot, by the way.Photo: Getty Images

François Pinault, the owner of Gucci and Christie’s, Forbes-approved Richest Person, and proud grandfather to Salma Hayek’s newly birthed daughter, Valentina Paloma Pinault (if this kid lived in Zimbabwe, it would totally be called Set-for-Life Pinault), has paid $16.9 million for the top penthouse in Barbizon/63, the Gothic-looking former women’s hotel on East 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue that was recently converted into super-fabulous condos for super-fabulous people. Anemities include…

Bolivian rosewood flooring, crown moldings, French casement windows, and large rosette windows that dominate the top of the Barbizon building. That’s not including the details Pinault the Elder is having architect Annabelle Selldorf add to the 4,600-square-foot space, which he’s reworking into a one-bedroom. A 4,600-square-foot one-bedroom. When he’s in town — only for a few months a year most likely — Pinault can host an event catered by Daniel Boulud for guests in the Barbizon’s private dining area, Club Salon, or relax in the attached library or twenty-seat screening room. Neighbors at the Barb include fellow luxury barons such as Nicola Bulgari, of the Italian jewelry company. There is, however, one drawback: “There aren’t a million closets,” the building’s sales director, Sharon O’Brien, told the Observer. Well, forget it then. We don’t know about Pinault, but we require no less than one million closets.

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It’s Good to Be François Pinault