Viennese billionaire Heidi Goëss-Horten is the widow of Horten AG department store giant, Helmut Horten. Her impressive collection, which was the subject of a Leopold Museum exhibition titled “Wow! The Heidi Horten Collection,” includes seminal works by Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Gustav Klimt. Goëss-Horten primarily collects German Expressionist and American Pop work, and she is an unabashed animal lover—among her holdings are animal sculptures by Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne. According to an interview for Larry’s List, there is both rhyme and reason that drives each new Horten acquisition. “The story behind the artwork had to convince me first,” she said. “All of my artworks are exceptional pieces that mark milestones in an artist’s oeuvre.”

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Heidi Goëss-Horten

Carinthia, Austria

Source of wealth:
Inheritance (department stores)

Collecting area:
Modern and contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:

Fun fact:

She owns Carinthia VII, a 315-ft yacht; when it was commissioned, the designer dubbed the project “Project Fabergé."