Jay Jopling

Founder of White Cube, the home of the YBAs, now with galleries in London and Hong Kong

You don’t get more British than Jopling. The Young British Artists pioneer and owner of White Cube has tended to concentrate on Blighty, eschewing the multigallery expansionism of his peers. His Hong Kong branch is dwarfed by the two London spaces, but Brexit changes everything, and this year Jopling announced a Paris gallery (while maintaining it definitely wasn’t to do with Brexit). That said, Jopling left the parochialism of the 1990s behind long ago, internationalising his roster to the point that White Cube could boast more artists at the Venice Biennale than any other dealer (a London-based curator at the helm no doubt helped): Michael Armitage, Christian Marclay, Julie Mehretu, Danh Vo and Liu Wei were in the main show, with Ibrahim Mahama and He Xiangyu representing, respectively, Ghana and China. As a survey of Dóra Maurer opened at Tate Modern in London, Jopling was on hand to announce that the Hungarian icon was now on his books. His wings continue to spread.