With an estimated net worth of about $11.3 billion in 2018, Roman Abramovich is among the most deep-pocketed art collectors in the game and is believed (confirmation is always a tricky business) to have snapped up quite a few trophy artworks at auction over the years, including a Francis Bacon triptych for about $86 million and a Lucian Freud for $33.6 million. In 2017, Abramovich and his wife, ARTnews Top 200 collector Dasha Zhukova, who founded the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, announced that they have separated. The following year, Abramovich was listed as an oligarch on the U.S. Treasury’s “Kremlin Report,” which compiled the names of individuals who plays significant roles in Russia’s economy.

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Roman Abramovich

London; Moscow; New York

Source of wealth:
Steel, mining, investments, technology, and professional soccer (Chelsea Football Club)

Collecting area:
Impressionism; modern, postwar, and contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
2017 2018

Fun fact:

Abramovich's yacht, Eclipse, measures 533 feet long and is said to be the second-largest private yacht in the world.