On Friday, September 8, at the age of 86 years died Pierre Berger, a famous French industrialist and Maecenas, one of the founders of the fashion house Yves Saint Laurent and the husband of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
He died in his mansion in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, in the South of France.
Pierre Berge. Brief biography
Pierre Berge was born 14 November 1930 on the island of oléron in the family of a teacher and a tax officer. Studied at Lycée eugène Fromentin in La Rochelle and then went to Paris, where he befriended a young artist Bernard buffet.
In 1958, Pierre Berge met with Yves Saint Laurent. They began a romance, and in 1961 opened the fashion house Yves Saint Laurent. The couple broke up in 1976, but they remained friends and business partners for life (Saint-Laurent died in 2008). Until 2002, Berger was CEO of Yves Saint Laurent.
Berger was a socialist and founded several famous Newspapers and magazines of the left. He was President of the Opera Bastille. Was goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO and a consistent defender of the rights of sexual minorities.
Throughout his life, Pierre Berge spoke of the need for a tolerant attitude to the representatives of all national communities. He equally supported the immigrants from Arab countries and Jews in France, and in an interview, jokingly complained that he was «too French».