Here are some photos of Salma Hayek, Francois-Henri Pinault and Valentina Pinault at the La Belle & la Bete premiere in Paris over the weekend. That’s the new French version of Beauty and the Beast, starring Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel. Anyway, I just thought you’d like to see these photos – Salma doesn’t bring Valentina on the red carpet very often, but Valentina is definitely familiar with mommy & daddy’s circle of friends and all that. Valentina is already comfortable at fashion shows and premieres, and she seems like a pretty well-adjusted kid.
There’s also a rumor going around Europe that Salma and Francois might be plunking down $300 MILLION on a crazy Spanish estate called Almoraima.
LIKE a scene out of Dusk til Dawn, Hollywood star Salma Hayek zoomed into Andalucia this week in an audacious bid to buy Spain’s controversial Almoraima estate. The Mexican-born actress was reported to have flown into the estate, near Castellar de la Frontera, by helicopter with her billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault.
It would be excellent news for the area, as Hayak is known as a keen environmentalist and would be just the person to promote the beautiful estate abroad.
The 14,000 hectare estate became a subject of angry scenes after the government announced its sale last year. Despite being alongside the Alcornocales Natural Park, it favoured an ‘elite tourism’ development, which would have polo pitches, golf courses and an airstrip.
It has led to the Junta to attempt to rezone the area into the park itself to prevent the development from going ahead.
The Olive Press launched a campaign to save the area in the autumn, with a trio of expat writers insisting it would be a disaster to develop it.
It is not known the type of project of Hayak, at this stage, although it would unlikely be destructive to the area. Her husband is the owner of the Kering group which owns luxury goods companies such as Alexander McQueen, Puma and Brioni. Forbes magazine estimates his wealth at $15 billion.
[From The Olive Press]
I would suspect that even the man who is worth $15 billion would hesitate to buy a $300 million estate. Especially a controversial estate that would be partly devoted to preservation. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this is perfect for Salma and Francois. But he seems more like a Paris guy, maybe he vacations in Capri or St. Moritz. Shelling out that kind of cash for a Spanish estate? I don’t see him going for it.
PS… Valentina’s leopard print is SO AWESOME. Is it wrong to want her shoes?
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.