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COURTESY THE PINCHUKARTCENTRE

Victor Pinchuk is a Ukrainian industrialist who made his money with steel. He mostly collects contemporary art, and has a garden in Kiev full of sculptures, including pieces by Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. In 2006 his foundation opened the PinchukArtCentre in that city as a venue for showcasing the work of both Ukrainian and international contemporary artists—“a temporary studio, a research and production laboratory for projects still to be developed—projects which uncompromising artistic extreme and intensity give validity to the works,” as the space puts it on its website. In April 2018, it was revealed that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was investigating a $150,000 payment Pinchuk gave Donald Trump for an appearance via video conference in Kyiv.

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Victor Pinchuk

Location:
Kiev, Ukraine

Source of wealth:
Investment Advisory group (EastOne Group)

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

Pinchuk gives a biannual $100,000 award, the Future Generation Art Prize, to artists under 35. He described it to the New York Times in 2009 as “a very democratic process,” likening it to American Idol.