Top200-2015-Joannou

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Greek Cypriot industrialist Dakis Joannou created his DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art in 1982 in Nea Ionia, a northern suburb of Athens. Joannou has told ARTnews that the foundation is the byproduct of his relationship with artists; its first acquisition was One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Spalding Dr. JK 241 Series) by Jeff Koons.

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Dakis Joannou

Location:
Athens

Source of wealth:
Construction

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

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Fun fact:

Joannou owns a yacht that goes by the name Guilty. Jeff Koons did the exterior design.