Maurice Marciano, who, along with his three brothers, founded the American fashion company Guess Jeans, began collecting art in 1990 with a few Impressionist works. Following a realization that he couldn’t own much work if he stuck with Impressionism (most of the good stuff is in museums), Marciano began buying contemporary art. He now owns a variety of pieces by well-known artists, such as Takashi Murakami and Sterling Ruby, and lesser-known emerging California artists. In 2013, Marciano and his brother Paul bought a Masonic temple on Wilshire Boulevard. They are currently turning it into a private museum, the Marciano Art Foundation, slated to open in early 2017.

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Maurice Marciano

Beverly Hills, California

Source of wealth:
Retail (Guess)

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

Marciano often exhibits contemporary art in his Los Angeles Guess stores. It’s not unusual to see a Thomas Houseago or an Allora & Calzadilla next to a rack of jeans.