Beth Rudin DeWoody began collecting when she was 12 years old. Her focus at the time? Beatles paraphernalia. Since then, her collection has grown to include over 10,000 works by both established and up-and-coming artists. As Adam D. Weinberg, the director of the Whitney Museum, told Sotheby’s magazine in 2015, “[Beth] has a voracious eye, and boundless curiosity. Her range of interests is astonishing.” These interests also extend beyond the realm of collecting—DeWoody is a talented curator who has assembled shows for galleries in New York, New Orleans, Vermont, and London. Although she has been described as “intimidating” and as “a force of nature,” she has a soft side as well. Artist Rob Wynne, whom DeWoody met when she fell in love with a metal fly he had created, told the Wall Street Journal in 2010, “there is no one more supportive.”

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Beth Rudin DeWoody

Los Angeles; New York; West Palm Beach, Florida

Source of wealth:
Real estate; Philanthropy

Collecting area:
Modern and contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

DeWoody has a white Porta Potty–shaped like an iPod installed on the front porch of a house on her Palm Beach estate. It was made by Nick Rodrigues in 2007.