Fintech Advisory founder David Martinez is perhaps best known in the art world as the reported buyer of Jackson Pollock’s No. 5, 1948 in 2006 for a record-breaking $140 million, although he adamantly denies that he owns the work. Eight years later, Martínez sold Francis Bacon’s Portrait of George Dyer Talking (1969) for $70 million at Christie’s. He is said to own work by Damien Hirst and Mark Rothko, among other blue-chip artists. According to the International Business Times, “many have said that he is following in the footsteps of fellow Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim”—also on the ARTnews Top 200—in attempting “to become the richest man in the world.”

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David Martinez

Location:
London; New York

Source of wealth:
Investment management

Collecting area:
Modern and contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

In 2003, Martinez reportedly paid around $42 million for a 12,000-square-foot duplex on top of the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle in Manhattan, one of the priciest apartment deals in the city’s history.