Billionaire Hans Rasmus Astrup can trace his family in Norway back some 600 years, according to a report in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten in 2012. The heir to a substantial shipping and real-estate empire, he has successfully grown that inheritance into a personal fortune. Astrup is a deep collector of avant-garde Norwegian and international art, with some 1,500 works. His private museum, the Astrup Fearnley Museet, first opened in Oslo in 1993, and in 2012 moved to a Renzo Piano–designed building with around 45,000 square feet of gallery space.
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