A longtime figure in the world of New York real-estate development, Edward J. Minskoff and his wife, Julie, have built an art collection with no fewer than 19 works by Picasso; they own others by de Kooning, Pollock, Johns, and contemporaries including Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. Their Koons collection is among the world’s largest—with highlights including a Balloon Rabbit (Red) that sits proudly in the lobby of 51 Astor Place in Manhattan.

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Julie and Edward J. Minskoff

Location:
New York

Source of wealth:
Real estate

Collecting area:
Postwar, Pop, and contemporary American and European art

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Fun fact:

Edward J. Minskoff’s reputation in the business realm is formidable: “To say that Edward Minskoff is a developer,” the New York Sun suggested in 2006, “would be like saying Picasso was a painter.”