2012 ARTnews Top 200 Art Collectors

François Pinault and Dasha Zhukova

François Pinault and Dasha Zhukova

Who are the world’s top art collectors according to the 2012 annual ARTnews list, which was published this week?

The magazine released the list of the world’s top 200 art collectors, among whom are several familiar faces — Francois Pinault, Philip Niarchos, Pierre Chen, Alexandra and Steven A. Cohen, Debra and Leon Black, Helene and Bernard Arnault, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder, Dmitri Mavromatis and Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

According to the 22nd annual ARTnews 200, the Top Ten are:

Hélène and Bernard Arnault

Debra and Leon Black

Edythe L. and Eli Broad

Pierre Chen

Alexandra and Steven A. Cohen

Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder

Dimitri Mavromatis

Philip S. Niarchos

François Pinault

Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani


The ARTnews 200 complete list appears in the magazine’s Summer issue, on newsstands July 10.

A record 22 collectors––more than 10% of the total list––are new to the ARTnews 200 this year, including: María Asunción Aramburuzabala, CEO of Tresalia Capital and Vice Chairman of Grupo Modelo (maker of Modelo, Pacifico and Corona beers); hedge funder Israel Englander and his photographer wife, Caryl; Fidelity Investments CEO Edward “Ned” Johnson III; perfumers Florence and Daniel Guerlain; lobbyists Heather and Tony Podesta; Wella haircare heir Sylvia Ströher and her husband, Ulrich; Doha-based philanthropist Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; and Chinese financier Liu Yiqian and his wife, Wang Wei. Also new to this year’s list: Venture capitalist and E! Entertainment founder Jarl Mohn and his wife, Pamela; German realtor Peter W. Klein and his wife, Alison; INTRAV founder and CEO Barney Ebsworth; Toll Brothers founder Robert Toll and his wife, Jane; and Russian investor and AS Monaco Football Club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Contemporary art continues to be the most popular kind collected by the ARTnews 200: 84% collect contemporary art; 37% collect modern art; 14% collect Postwar art/Abstract Expressionism (up from 10% last year); 8% collect Impressionist/Post-Impressionist art; 8% collect Old Masters. 6% collect Decorative arts (furniture, design, textiles, ceramics). In addition, 5% collect African/tribal/ primitive art. American art is collected by 11%; 6% 2collect Asian art; 6% collect Austrian/German art; and 4% collect Latin American art.

New collectors keep emerging from many countries, including China, Indonesia, India, Russia and South America. But experts say that Americans are still driving the market in a huge way.”


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