Donald B. Marron is, as the New York Times put it in 2002, an “advocate of art in the workplace.” Between 1980 and 2000, as chairman of the brokerage firm UBS PaineWebber, Marron amassed about 850 works by such contemporary artists as Jenny Holzer, Jasper Johns, Elizabeth Murray, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol. Sixty-four of these works were donated to the Museum of Modern Art, where Marron has been on the board since 1985 and currently holds the title president emeritus. In 2005, those works were exhibited at MoMA in a show titled “Contemporary Voices.”

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Donald B. Marron

New York

Source of wealth:
Private equity

Collecting area:
Modern and contemporary art

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Fun fact:

During the time that he served as president of the board of MoMA, from 1985 to 1990, the museum’s endowment more than doubled.