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Bob Rennie, the Vancouver-based real-estate marketer, is known locally as the “condo king,” but he is also becoming known as the king of contemporary art in Canada. The first work he ever purchased was a Norman Rockwell print that he got for $375 when he was 18 years old. Today, the Rennie Collection at his private museum, the Wing Sang, is one of the largest contemporary-art collections in the country, with over 1,400 works by over 200 artists, including John Baldessari, Mike Kelley, Christopher Wool, and many others. Although his collection has grown immensely in value over the years, Rennie has sold less than five works in the last decade. “The best investment I can make is to keep art,” Rennie told Bloomberg Business in 2015.

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Bob Rennie

Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia

Source of wealth:
Real estate

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

Rennie waited ten years to acquire Garden Party, a 2003 painting by Kerry James Marshall, according to Bloomberg. Every time he saw the artist, he would mention the painting. When he was finally able to purchase the work, the dealer Jack Shainman sold it to him at a 50 percent discount because he had waited so patiently for it.