COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, BLAVATNIK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT

COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, BLAVATNIK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT

Len Blavatnik, the owner of Warner Music, is, as of Spring 2016, the third richest person in the U.K., according to the Sunday Times ‘Rich List’. The Ukraine-born billionaire made his money during the dissolution of the USSR, when aluminum and energy groups were being split. Blavatnik’s lavish purchases include a £41 million house in Kensington Gardens, a slew of investments, and a Damien Hirst woolly mammoth sculpture that he bought at a charity auction at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. In 2016, he donated a tidy (confidential) sum to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, which will name the entrance hall of its new extension for him. In Miami, Blavatnik is the financier—to the tune of $1.2 billion—behind Argentinian entrepreneur Alan Faena’s Faena district which will have a cultural center alongside a hotel, condos, and a retail complex; it’s set to open in Fall 2016. In a recent profile of Blavatnik that Connie Bruck penned for the New Yorker, British publisher Lord George Weidenfeld told Bruck that Blavatnik has been “systematically collecting very good art recently—contemporary art, and also a Modigliani, one of the best I’ve seen.”

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Len Blavatnik

Location:
London; New York

Source of wealth:
Investments (media, industrials, and real estate)

Collecting area:
Modern and contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

In the 10 years that he has owned it, Blavatnik’s house in Kensington Gardens has skyrocketed in value to £200 million.