Power 100

Most influential people in 2019 in the contemporary artworld


François Pinault

Collector - Collector and founder of the Pinault Collection

64 in 2019

  • 201964
  • 201835
  • 201735
  • 201635
  • 201533
  • 201434
  • 201319
  • 201221
  • 201119
  • 201010
  • 20096
  • 20088
  • 20071
  • 20061
  • 20053
  • 200413
  • 20032
  • 20022
François Pinault. Photo: Matteo De Fina

France’s second-richest man turned his attention slightly away from art this year, with his most visible contribution to culture being the €100m he and his son pledged towards restoring Notre-Dame. But he’s also been busy with a major architectural project of his own. It was recently announced that the luxury-goods magnate’s long-promised, Tadao Ando-designed private museum will open next summer in the Bourse de Commerce, just around the corner from the Louvre. Having absorbed €170m in construction costs, Pinault’s new location in the French capital will showcase some of the highlights from a billion-euro collection. The exhibition programme is still under wraps, but it will undoubtedly strengthen Paris’s reputation as a renascent art centre and Pinault’s position as an artworld kingpin, both as a megacollector and majority shareholder in the world’s leading auction house, Christie’s. For now, however, the owner of two Ando-designed museums in Venice remains in something of a holding pattern.

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