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José Olympio Pereira, an investment banker, and his wife, Andrea, have one of the most prominent private collections of Brazilian contemporary art in the world, including such notable names as Iran do Espírito Santo, Rosângela Rennó, Jac Leirner, Beatriz Milhazes, Vik Muniz, Ernesto Neto, and Adriana Varejão. The Pereiras live in São Paulo, where they have transformed both their home and an additional apartment in the center of the city into a private gallery and exhibition space. José is the grandson of the celebrated publisher José Olympio. He was, from 1997 until 2004, director and vice president of the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art.

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Andrea and José Olympio Pereira

Location:
São Paulo

Source of wealth:
Investment banking

Collecting area:
Modern and contemporary Brazilian art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

The couple began collecting in consultation with the famous and now-deceased gallerist Marcantônio Vilaça, in the 1990s. Pereira once told an interviewer for Contemporary Magazine: “We quickly understood that Brazilian art was going through its most fertile period yet, and that we had to start buying before prices went up so much that we wouldn’t be able to acquire the best works of each artist…We went to Marcantônio and said: show us contemporary art.”