Robert Soros developed his love for contemporary art at an early age, while growing up in New York City. He would frequently visit art galleries and museums in the city and began acquiring work by living artists in his 20s. In the 30 years since, Soros has built a significant collection of postwar European and American art that includes the likes of such mid-career and established artists like Martin Kippenberger, Sigmar Polke, Rosemarie Trockel, Robert Morris, and Richard Serra. But Soros has also kept his eye on what’s contemporary and new in art, acquiring work by some of today’s leading talents from painters and sculptors to artists who work in large-scale installation artists, including Rachel Harrison, Nairy Baghramian, Pope.L, Simone Leigh, Gedi Sibony, Jacqueline Humphries, and Anicka Yi.
One of the first artists that attracted Soros’ attention was the late L.A.-based artist Mike Kelley. Soros, who owns several works by the artist, told ARTnews that he was drawn to Kelley’s unique conceptual and confrontational nature, which often resulted in massive all-over sculptural installations. “I’ve always been attracted to artists who follow their maniacal pursuit of ideas and process,” he said of the artist who first piqued his interest in art.
Soros is the son Hungarian-American investor and philanthropist George Soros, who ranks among the richest men in the world with a fortune estimated at some $6.8 billion, as of September 2020, according to Forbes. George Soros has also been among the people leading the charge to ensure that the rich are heavily taxed. In 2019, he was among the signatories to a letter calling for a tax of 2 cents on the dollar on assets over $50 million, and an additional tax of 1 cent on the dollar on assets over $1 billion, which could generate an estimated $3 trillion in tax revenue over ten years.
Robert Soros, who is the Chairman and CIO of Soros Capital, a family office established in 2018, has also followed in his father’s footsteps in terms of giving back. He is supporter of numerous cultural institutions including The Kitchen in New York, MoMA PS1 in Queens, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.