Dealer Tire CEO Scott Mueller is a longtime supporter of the Cleveland Museum of Art. After news broke that he was the donor behind a more than $20 million dollar gift to the museum, he was quoted in a statement saying his donation was “intended to incentivize the institution in its pursuit of outstanding contemporary art acquisitions and research, as well as the presentation of work by new and emerging artists.” Being a large player in the art market is not without its share of risks, however, as Mueller learned with the purchase of a sculpture by Cady Noland Log Cabin (1990) in 2014. Before its sale, the piece was “restored” in a manner that Noland believed fundamentally altered the work; she soon disavowed the work via fax to the Ohio collector. Mueller was able to retrieve $600,000 out of the $1.4 million he originally spent.

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Scott Mueller


Source of wealth:
Tires (Dealer Tire)

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

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Fun fact:

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, when asked how he got involved in art, Mueller responded, "I was in search of a hobby, and I failed at golf."