Greek financier Dimitri Mavrommatis owns Art Deco furniture, 18th-century Sèvres porcelain, African sculptures, and modernist paintings, and he attributes the diversity of his collection to quitting smoking. When he worked at Salomon Brothers in the ’80s, he would go to the Met instead of having a cigarette on his breaks. There, he saw all kinds of art that piqued his curiosity.

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Dimitri Mavrommatis


Source of wealth:
Investment banking; Asset management

Collecting area:
Modern and postwar art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

In 2014, Mavrommatis sold a rare Graff ruby ring at Sotheby’s. Prized for its “pigeon’s blood” shade of red, the 8.62 carat ruby went for about $6.8 million.