10 Most Powerful People in the Art World

Art+Auction’s 10 Most Powerful People in the Art World

Art+Auction presented its 2011 Power Top 10. The Power Top 10 is drawn from the distinct categories listed in the full Power 100, which include power auctioneers, power collectors, and key art-world figures that make up the power of tradition.

The respected advisers for this year’s Art+Auction Power 100 were Max Hollein, director of the Schirn and Städel museums in Frankfurt, Benjamin Genocchio, editor in chief of Art+ Auction, Lisa Dennison, Chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America, and Sara Fitzmaurice, Founder of arts PR firm Fitz & Co.

Who pulls the art world’s strings?  This is The POWER TOP 10:

1. Sheikha Al-Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Althani (Qatar) – chair of the Qatar Museums Authority and the emir’s daughter.
2. Larry Gagosian – titled as the world’s most powerful art dealer;
3. Eli Broad – funded The Zaha Hadid–designed Broad Art Museum ($26 million)
4. Dasha Zhukvova – her Iris Foundation (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary culture) is supporting Moscow’s Garage Center for Contemporary Art and Culture. Her life Partner is the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich;
5. Francois Pinault – luxury-goods billionaire and Christie’s owner. He restores the Teatrino at Palazzo Grassi;
6. David Zwirner – Chelsea dealer teamed with screen star Ben Stiller to organize September’s Artists for Haiti charity auction at Christie’s, which raised $13.7 million for Haiti.
7. Peter Brant – a Connecticut–based newsprint mogul that promotes Urs Fischer, Josh Smith, and David Altmejd;
8. Budi Tek – An Indonesian-Chinese agribusiness tycoon that is building a network of private museums across Asia.
9. Francois Curiel – Cristie’s Asia president;
10. Stephane Cosman Connery – the head of private sales at Sotheby’s.

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