At last check, more than 700-million dollars in donations are pouring in today to help restore the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Donors from around the world – and some of France's richest families – have pledged to help a day after fire devastated the 12thcentury landmark on Monday.
In a televised speech, French President Emmanuel Macron has called for unity and set an aggressive five-year goal to rebuild the iconic cathedral.
Much of the roof collapsed, but the stone foundation survived along with the cathedral's famous twin bell towers. American offers of help include Apple CEO Tim Cook pledging that his company will donate to rebuilding efforts.
Among the very rich people opening up their wallets? François-Henri Pinault, the CEO of Kering. As we reported yesterday, he’s forking over $113-million on his own. "This tragedy is striking all the French people, and beyond that, all those attached to spiritual values," Pinault says in a statement. "Faced with this tragedy, everyone wishes to give life back to this jewel of our heritage as soon as possible."