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89 Top Art Collectors

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4. Helene and Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault is the richest person in Europe, and among top five richest people in the world with a personal wealth that exceeds US $40 billion. Arnault accumulated a majority of his wealth as the CEO of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH,) the largest luxury goods conglomerate in the world. Helene, his wife, is a pianist.

Until 2003, Arnault was the owner of art auction house Phillips de Pury & Company, and LVMH has long been a patron of the arts. The Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation , founded in 2006 allegedly cost $140 million, consists of the group LVMH and its subsidiaries, and aims to sustain patronage initiatives undertaken since 1990 by the group and promote contemporary art and culture. It is also expected to become a major Art museum of France for contemporary art. Arnault is personally known for his contemporary collection, which includes pieces by Picasso, Yves Klein, Henry Moore and Andy Warhol.







5. Laura and John Arnold

John Douglas Arnold, born in 1974, is an American hedge fund manager and his wife Laura is a lawyer. Johns career began at Enron as a trader, initially working the Crude Oil desk, eventually moving to the Natural Gas Desk. After Enron collapsed he started his own firm, Centaurus Advisors, LLC, a Houston-based hedge fund that specializes in trading energy products. John who has earned 3.5 billion in his career is retiring at the age of 38, and has informed his investors that their investment will be returned. John and Laura are now focused on philanthropy and have started the arnold foundation.









6. Lonn Apfel

Lonn Apfel has been collecting original artwork over the past 12 years, and has collected around 30 pieces of art, the first being a . Apfel is drawn to paintings that show realism, the cleaner and crisper it is the more he enjoys it. He does most of his collecting online, and utilizes magazines to find galleries online. Apfel works with galleries that are located in Washington State, New York, and Scottsdale.

He started collecting Thomas Kincaid prints, and then they started to be everywhere. Apfel saw a painting in a gallery and inquired about the cost and realized it was too much. It was not until the gallery owner told him that he could stretch out the payments over the course of a year. This was the beginning of his desire to seek out artwork.







7. Maria Baibakov and Oleg Baibakov

Oleg Baibakov, a former executive of the mining company Norilsk Nickel, now dabbles in real estate development. Baibakov’s substantial art collection has been developed and is maintained by his daughter, Maria Baibakov. So far this holding, which includes works by Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol, is kept private and, according to Maria, has no "ego" to its inception.
Educated at Barnard College in New York, an experience she enjoyed, and at the Courtauld Institute, London, one she enjoyed less so, Maria has gone on to found Baibakov Art Projects at the Red October Chocolate Factory in Moscow, an enterprise for which she is also director and chief curator. She describes herself as "one of those Russian kids of the new generation, educated and professionally trained in the West, who are now returning home to help change their country.
Baibakov Art Projects was launched in 2008. Exhibitions had already been held in the 3,000-square-meter space, most notably by Gagosian Gallery back in October 2007. To date Baibakov Art Projects has hosted three exhibitions and 11 projects, involving a total of approximately 50 artists. 






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