Reinhold Würth acquired his first painting in 1964. It was an Emil Nolde, and it’s still in his collection. In fact, all of the 17,000 pieces he has purchased are still in his collection. For many this would cause a storage problem. Not for Würth. His artwork is exhibited publicly in four museums throughout Germany and Switzerland (one of which sports an artistic display of the screws that made Würth Group famous) and the company’s corporate office buildings. Perhaps one day he will run out of room. In the meantime, as Würth told Bloomberg, “What’s in the collection, stays in the collection.”

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Reinhold Würth

Niedernhall, Germany; Salzburg, Austria

Source of wealth:
Industry (hardware)

Collecting area:
Medieval art; Wunderkammer objects, especially ivory carvings, nautilus cups, and decorative tankards and boxes; postwar and contemporary art

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Fun fact:

In 2010, Würth discovered that he owned not one but two forgeries—resembling works by Heinrich Campendonk and Max Ernst. Both works were painted by the same forger, Wolfgang Beltracchi, who was later sentenced to six years in jail.