Real-estate tycoon Neil G. Bluhm, who is managing principal in Chicago’s Walton Street Capital, has been collecting art for 25 years. His properties include some of Chicago’s most exclusive venues, including the Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons, as well as holdings in Houston, Los Angeles, and even a casino in a Chicago suburb. With a net worth of $4 billion, according to Forbes, Bluhm has amassed a major art collection, including works by Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons. Bluhm is a life trustee of Northwestern University, a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a board member of the Whitney Museum (the fifth-floor galleries of the museum’s new building in New York’s Meatpacking district are named for him).

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Neil G. Bluhm


Source of wealth:
Real estate

Collecting area:
Postwar and contemporary art

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Fun fact:

In 2010, Bluhm hosted President Obama’s 49th birthday party, a private event whose admission price included a $30,000-some donation to the Democratic National Committee.