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Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani is the former prime minister of Qatar and a member of the powerful—and wealthy—Al Thani family. The Al Thanis have been amassing a huge collection of artwork—ranging from traditional Islamic artifacts to masterpieces of modern and contemporary art—for the last 20 years. Little is known about Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber’s personal collection, but the family as a whole owns a wide collection of Islamic, Roman, and Egyptian art and antiques and has reportedly spent over $1 billion acquiring works of Western painting and sculpture over the last two decades.

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Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani

Location:
Doha, Qatar; London; New York

Source of wealth:
Inheritance and investments (Qatar Investment Authority)

Collecting area:
Postwar and contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

In May of 2015, it was widely reported that Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani was the anonymous buyer who paid a staggering $179.4 million for Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger at Christie’s New York, the most ever paid for an artwork at auction, even when adjusting for inflation. Christie’s has flatly denied this.