Top200-2015-Rachofsky-v2The most visible manifestation of affluence,” Howard Rachofsky told Bloomberg Business in 2013, “is what’s hanging on your walls.” What’s hanging on the Rachofskys’ walls is a collection of over 800 works, primarily devoted to American and European postwar movements, displayed on a rotating basis at their private residence, the Rachofsky House, in Dallas. (In 2005 the Rachofskys, along with two other Dallas families, made their collection, as well as future acquisitions, a promised gift to the Dallas Museum of Art.) What can’t be found at the house could very well be at The Warehouse, a project that Rachofsky initiated with fellow collector Vernon Faulconer for the purpose of providing scholars, curators, and critics access to their respective collections. If you are looking for contemporary Chinese art, however, you won’t find it in Rachofsky’s collection. As Rachofsky, himself, explained: “Don’t get it, don’t like it.”

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Cindy and Howard Rachofsky

Location:
Dallas

Source of wealth:
Investments

Collecting area:
Postwar and contemporary American and European art; postwar Japanese and Korean art

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Fun fact:

One of the Rachofskys’ favorite pieces, according to a 2014 article in W magazine, is Tom Friedman’s Untitled (2003), a giant blue man, made entirely of Styrofoam, staring shyly down at his shoes. “It weighs almost nothing, yet it has great presence. It was an instant love affair,” Howard said.