To make her first art purchase—a painting by the Fort Worth artist Richard Shaeffer—Marguerite Hoffman, then in her 30s, had to set up a long-term payment plan. “I was making a tiny salary working for the Dallas Museum of Art, [and] it was the only way that I could buy something that I basically couldn’t afford,” she told ARTnews. Since then, the collector has built a substantial collection, with works by Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, and Christopher Wool, among many others. “Many dealers that I work with now show me the same kind of generosity and graciousness,” she said. Now, however, “there are just more zeros involved.”

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Marguerite Hoffman


Source of wealth:
Private investments

Collecting area:
Postwar American and European art; illuminated medieval manuscripts; Chinese monochromes

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Fun fact:

Marguerite was married to the late Robert Hoffman, an American businessman perhaps best known for cofounding the influential humor magazine National Lampoon.