Our patrons and sponsors

Stephen A. Schwarzman, great patron of Chambord

Stephen A. Schwarzman, American businessman and philanthropist, generously contributed in 2023 to the restoration of the towers of the Château de Chambord and in 2017 to the recreation of the Château’s formal gardens.

“Chambord is a national treasure, with significant importance to the cultural heritage of France, the French people as well as the international community. I’m proud to provide additional support for this restoration to ensure future generations can enjoy and learn from all that Chambord has to offer.” Stephen A. Schwarzman

Mr. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms with $1 trillion in AUM (as of June 30, 2023) and businesses in private equity, real estate, hedge funds, credit, infrastructure and life sciences. In both business and philanthropy, he dedicates himself to tackling big problems with transformative solutions. Mr. Schwarzman’s major gifts include £200 million to help establish a new centre at the University of Oxford to redefine the study of the humanities for the 21st century, $350 million to create a new college at MIT dedicated to the study of artificial intelligence, $150 million to build a first-of-its-kind student centre at Yale, and $100 million to renovate and expand the New York Public Library. He also founded an international fellowship program, Schwarzman Scholars, at Tsinghua University in Beijing to educate future leaders about China. At over $575 million, the program is modelled on the Rhodes Scholarship and is the single largest philanthropic effort in China’s history coming largely from international donors. In addition to Chambord, Mr. Schwarzman is a patron of the Louvre and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The Republic of France has awarded Mr. Schwarzman both the Légion d’Honneur and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at the Commandeur level. Mr. Schwarzman is one of the only Americans to receive both awards recognizing significant contributions to France. He was also awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico’s highest honour for foreigners, for his work on behalf of the U.S. in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in 2018. Mr. Schwarzman holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Generali France

Generali France was the major sponsor of Chambord’ 500th anniversary in 2019. Its support was dedicated to two projects:

  • The exhibition of Chambord history « Utopia at work»
  • The creation of organic gardens


For the 500th anniversary in 2019, EDF created a special show on the château. The natural light of the sun and the moon that reveals Chambord’s beauty inspires this new lighting.

The illuminations were offered by EDF.

Groupe ADP

Groupe ADP hosted an exhibition of photos of Chambord in 2019 at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports.


AXA France

In 2018, AXA France financially supported the restoration of the Great perspective, an axis on the estate that crosses the château from north to south.

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