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Inside the Top 200: A Who’s Who of Who’s New (And Returning)

The 33 additions to our annual list of the world's top art collectors

The thrill of finding new additions and unexpected deletions on the ARTnews Top 200 is what makes our annual list such a compelling read. The key criterion for inclusion on the list is activity: these are collectors who are actively collecting. For the 2014 edition of the Top 200, some big players from past editions, including Adam Sender—who, in the past year, shut his hedge fund, Exis Capital Management, Inc., and sold an estimated $70 million worth of artworks from his collection through Sotheby’s—were removed to make room for 33 additions. 27 of these new collectors have never appeared on a “Top 200” list before. Notable newcomers include Bed, Bath and Beyond co-founder Warren Eisenberg, Campbell’s Soup heiress Charlotte Colket Weber, and Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin.

Below, we’ve split the 33 into those who have been on previous editions of the list and are returning after an absence—like Elaine Wynn, who, as market watchers will note, the New York Times pointed to as the purchaser of Francis Bacon’s triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud for $142.4 million at Christie’s New York last November—and those who are on the list for the first time.

Left to right: Maria Ludovica, Ignazio, and Luigi Maramotti. Maramotti is one of 33 collectors who did not appear on the 2013 ARTnews 200 Top Collectors list. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND REGEN PROJECTS, LOS ANGELES/COLLECTION OF STEVEN LATNER AND MICHAEL LATNER

From left: Maria Ludovica, Ignazio, and Luigi Maramotti in 2001. The Maramotti family is one of 33 additions to this year’s list.

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Returning

Leonard Lauder
New York 
Cosmetics (The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.)
Cubism

Maramotti Family
Reggio Emilia, Italy
Fashion
Art informel; arte povera; transavanguardia; Neo-Expressionism; New Geometry; contemporary art

Werner Merzbacher
Zurich
Fur trading and finance
20th-century art, especially Fauvism and German Expressionism

Ronald O. Perelman
New York
Finance
Modern and contemporary art

Alain Wertheimer
New York
Fashion
Modern and contemporary art; Asian art

Elaine Wynn
Las Vegas
Hotels, casinos
Modern and contemporary art

 

First Timers

Candace Carmel Barasch
New York
Real estate
Contemporary art

Nicolas Berggruen
Beverly Hills, California
Inheritance, investments (Berggruen Holdings)
Modern and contemporary art

Ernesto Bertarelli
Gstaad, Switzerland
Biotech, Investments
Modern and contemporary art

Christian Bührle
Zurich
Technology
Old Masters; German Expressionism; Swiss art; modern and contemporary art

Edouard Carmignac
Paris
Asset management
Contemporary art

Trudy and Paul Cejas
Miami Beach
Investments (PLC Investments, Inc.)
Postwar and contemporary art, especially Zero

Kemal Has Cingillioglu
London
Banking
Contemporary art

Isabel and Agustín Coppel
Mexico City
Retail
International art

Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian
London and Venezuela
Investments
Modern and contemporary art; pre-Columbian and Latin American art

Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg
Union, New Jersey
Retail (Bed Bath & Beyond)
Contemporary art

Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg
New York
Retail (Bed Bath & Beyond)
Contemporary art

Lawrence J. Ellison
Woodside, California
Software
Late 19th- and early 20th-century European art; ancient to early 20th-century Japanese art

Susan and Leonard Feinstein
Long Island, New York
Retail (Bed Bath & Beyond)
Modern and contemporary art

Larry and Marilyn Fields
Chicago
Commodities
Contemporary art

Christy and Bill Gautreaux
Kansas City, Missouri
Crestwood Midstream Partners LP
Contemporary art

Thomas Lau
Hong Kong
Real estate
Modern and contemporary art

Jho Low
Hong Kong
Finance and investments
Impressionism; modern and contemporary art

Raymond J. McGuire
New York
Finance
African American and African art

Tom and Margot Pritzker
Chicago
Hotels and investments
Modern and contemporary art

Hilary and Wilbur L. Ross Jr.
Palm Beach, Florida
Private equity (distressed companies)
Surrealism; modern and contemporary art, especially Chinese and Vietnamese

Stephen Ross
New York
Real estate
Modern and contemporary art

Joseph Safra
New York; São Paulo; Geneva
Banking
Old Masters; Impressionism

Elizabeth and Frederick Singer
Great Falls, Virginia
Internet education
Modern and contemporary art

Susana and Ricardo Steinbruch
São Paulo, Brazil
Textiles (Vicunha Têxtil S.A.)
Modern and contemporary art, especially Brazilian

Wang Jianlin
Beijing
Real estate
Modern and contemporary art

Charlotte Colket Weber
New York; Ocala, Florida
Inheritance (Campbell’s Soup)
Impressionist paintings and drawings

Jochen Zeitz
Cape Town
Investments
Contemporary African art

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