Meet Wall Street's 27 Most Powerful Art Collectors

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There’s a long tradition of Wall Street titans also being serious art collectors. 

Prominent financier J.P. Morgan, for example, was a well-known collector, as was Robert Lehman.

The tradition still continues today amongst Wall Street’s biggest power players.  

While fine art makes since as an investment and portfolio diversifier, most Wall Streeters don’t accumulate Warhols or Picassos to flip them – they genuinely appreciate the masterwork of great painters, drawers and sculptors, and are passionate about art.

We’ve selected the crew of bankers, hedge funders and financiers who are power collectors — the individuals who fill their offices and their homes with Pop Art, Impressionist canvases and Old Masters galore, alongside their more liquid investments.

Artur Walther

Occupation: A former partner at Goldman Sachs and an avid collector of photography.

Collection: Walther currently has two public displays of his collection; one outside Munich and the other at a gallery space in Chelsea. His collection is focused heavily on African, German, and Asian photography, and he loves to travel and discover regionally known photographers who have not yet achieved international recognition, according to the New York Times.

Fun Fact: He has a private museum in Neu-Ulm, Germany, which opened last year. He also serves on the board of the International centre of Photography and the Whitney's photography-acquisitions committee, according to ArtInfo.

Wang Wei and Liu Yiqian

Occupations: Liu Yiqian is a self-made stock trader and billionaire. He and his wife are considered to be China's biggest art collectors.

Collection: Wang serves as a curator for the pair's enormous collection, which consists primarily of Chinese art, according to BBC News.

Fun Fact: In October 2010, Liu paid about $11 million for a Qing Dynasty imperial throne with carved dragons at Sotheby's Hong Kong, BBC reported. And the couple recently showed around 60 of their Chinese paintings at a show in Beijing, which was insured for $1.5 billion.

Dan Loeb

Occupation: Hedge Funder, Third Point

Collection: Mostly postwar and contemporary art, including Richard Prince, Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Mike Kelley, and Cindy Sherman.

Fun facts: He has his own curator! Sits on the board of L.A. MoCA. Apparently he's yet to 'establish himself as a true 'collector'; he's just as quick to take a profit on a painting as he is on a stock position.'

Wilbur Ross

Occupation: Investor and leveraged buyout titan

Collection: 'It is antiques more than art for this captain of industry (and high-society fixture in Palm Beach). But both are packed in wall-to-wall at his expansive, terraced, tony penthouse overlooking Carnegie Hall.'

Fun fact: He owns a six-and-a-half-foot-tall bronze monkey by the late French artist Francois-Xavier Lalanne

Andrew Saul

Occupation: Partner in Saul Partners, an investment partnership

Collection: Modern art, contemporary art, especially Postwar American. Also Chinese bronzes and ceramics.

Fun fact: He's a member of the Chairman's Council of the Met and a patron of the MOMA.

Michel Alexandre 

Occupation: Banker, former chairman of Lazard Frères

Collection: 17th,18th, and 19th-century French painting and furniture.

Fun fact: He buys works of art through Parisian stalwart Bernard Steinitz.

Ken Griffin

Occupation: Hedge funder, Citadel

Collection: Impressionism; Post-Impressionism.

Fun fact: In 2006 he bought Jasper Johns 'False Start' for $86 million from David Geffen. It's one of the most expensive paintings ever sold.

Robert Menschel

Occupation: Banker, former chairman of Lazard Frères and partner at Goldman Sachs

Collection: Photography.

Fun facts: 'When their 2,000-square-foot namesake gallery opened at the Met in 2007, the director at the time, Philippe de Montebello, credited Mrs. Menschel in particular with boosting the importance of photography at the museum.' Former chairman of MOMA.

Bruce Kovner

Occupation: Hedge funder, founder and Chairman of Caxton Associates

Collection: He collects rare books, musical manuscripts and some paintings.

Fun fact: He's on the board of Julliard and the Metropolitan Opera.

Joseph DiMenna

Occupation: Hedge Funder, Zweig-DiMenna Associates (pioneer of long/short trading)

Collection: Old Masters and Americana.

Fun fact: Last year, he and his wife pledged $5 million to the New York Historical Society; 'it was the largest cash donation to any arts institution'

Julian Robertson

Occupation: Hedge funder, Tiger Management

Collection: Impressionist and modern art including Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse, Gauguin and Mondrian.

Fun fact: In 2009 Robertson gifted 15 works of art to the Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand - 'the largest gift ever made to an art museum in Australasia.'

Raymond Learsy

Occupation: Former Commodities trader.

Collection: Contemporary art. Art News listed Ray and his wife as among the top 200 collectors in the world in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Fun fact: He's on several boards including the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA, and the American Friends of the Tate Gallery, and the Committee on Collections, Harvard University.

Adam Lindemann

Occupation: Runs his own private investment firm in midtown.

Collection: Avant-garde contemporary art, African art, 20th-century design. Includes work by Cattelan, Murakami, and a 20-foot-high yellow teddy bear by Urs Fischer.

Fun fact: He partied with Andy Warhol.

John Arnold

Occupation: Hedge funder, Centaurus

Collection: Impressionism; postwar and contemporary art including Picasso and de Kooning.

Fun fact: Arnold is building a mansion in Houston that is a 'hulking monument to cubism,' where much of his collection will be on display.

Adam Sender

Occupation: Hedge Funder, Exis Capital.

Collection: Modern and contemporary including Dan Flavin, John Currin, Ed Ruscha.

Fun fact: 'In about 2006, in a controversial move within the art world, he started to 'flip' recently acquired chunks of it for profit.' He once said his portfolio was worth less than his art.

Donald Marron

Pierre LaGrange

Occupation: Hedge funder, GLG Partners

Collection: Postwar and contemporary art.

Fun fact: He and his wife are benefactors of the Tate Modern in London.

Glenn Fuhrman

Occupation: Co-Managing Partner and founder of MSD, after career at Goldman Sachs

Collection: Contemporary art, surrealists.

Fun fact: He also sponsors the popular Flag Art Foundation, an exhibition space in Chelsea.

Danielle and David Ganek

Occupation: Hedge Funder, Level Global

Collection: Modern and contemporary art including Diane Arbus, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Mike Kelley and Christopher Wool.

Fun fact: His wife wrote a book about the New York art scene called Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him and 'skewered the shallowness of the art scene.'

Michael Steinhardt

Occupation: Hedge Funder, founder Steinhardt, Fine, Berkowitz & Co

Collection: Classical antiquities, drawings and Judaica. Includes Picassos and Chagalls.

Fun fact: 'Customs officials once famously came to the Fifth Avenue home of Mr. Steinhardt for a high-profile seizure of an golden plate from his ancient art collection claimed by Italy.

Noam Gottesman

Occupation: Hedge funder, GLG Partners

Collection: Contemporary art including Manzoni, Koons, Freud and various Asian works.

Fun fact: He was rumoured to date Lucy Liu.

J. Tomilson Hill

Occupation: CEO, Blackstone Asset

Collection: Postwar American and European art; Renaissance bronzes. Includes Fracnis Bacons, Cy Twombly and Jasper Johns.

Fun fact: He's a friend of Old Masters dealer Richard Feigen, and recently started adding 13th- and 14th-century Italian paintings and is one of the world's most noted collections of Renaissance bronzes.

Michael Platt

Henry R. Kravis

Occupation: Private Equity, co-Founder, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Collection: Monets, Renoirs and Louis XIV furniture, but have recently begun to sell off some Modern works from the 1950s, to make way for more contemporary art.

Fun fact: A wing at the Met is named after them.

Steven Schwarzman

Occupation: Private Equity.

Collection: 'Invests more in furniture than paintings, but the word is out that he's hunting for a good Mark Rothko.'

Fun fact: He's on the Frick Collection board.

Leon Black

Occupation: CEO Apollo Management

Collection: Old Masters; Impressionism; modern painting; Chinese sculpture; contemporary art.

Fun fact: 'He made a gift of a Leonardo da Vinci drawing to the Met.' He's been on the boards of Lincoln centre, the Jewish Museum, the Met and MoMA, where Jay-Z hosted a gala in celebration of his generosity!

Steve Cohen

Occupation: Hedge funder, SAC Capital

Collection: Impressionism; modern and contemporary art including Warhols, de Koonings, Picassos, Damien Hirst, Van Gough, Gaugin.

Fun fact: He once 'owned a small stake in Sotheby's, which once turned over its top floor to highlights from his collection.'

If you have a stockpile of masterpieces, then you need somewhere to hang them...

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