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Lisa and Steve Tananbaum discovered their mutual love of art while on their second date—a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the years they have spent together since, their interest in looking at art has grown into a passion for owning it. They started their collection more than 15 years ago with a Damien Hirst butterfly painting. Today their holdings include postwar and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and photography by such historical giants as Brice Marden, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, Willem de Kooning, and Gerhard Richter, as well as by younger artists like Jenny Saville, Takashi Murakami, Andreas Gursky, and, of course, Hirst. In 2014, the couple were honored for their collecting at the fifth annual Bruce Museum Icon Awards in the Arts.

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Lisa and Steve Tananbaum

Location:
Palm Beach, Florida; Westchester, New York

Source of wealth:
Asset management

Collecting area:
Postwar and contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

Steve Tananbaum has kept a portion of the couple’s collection at his Midtown New York office—including two spacesuits by Tom Sachs.