François Pinault

Collector and founder of the Pinault Collection, with two venues in Venice, working on a major new Paris building

The luxury goods magnate, and France’s third-richest man, is worth $29bn, some of which he spends on art, adding anything between 100 and 500 works to his 3,000-strong collection annually. Then there’s the ongoing conversion of the former Paris stock exchange into a private museum that must be paid for. Pinault, the major shareholder of Christie’s auction house, is shelling out for the Tadao Ando-designed renovation, with the new institution set to open next year. In the meantime, while his Venetian palazzi showed Albert Oehlen and a themed show about self-representation, works from the collection were shown at the Couvent des Jacobins in Toulouse and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes. Pinault also found pocket money to sponsor the restoration of Victor Hugo’s former residence, Hauteville House, on the isle of Guernsey to the tune of €3m.