Larry Gagosian

Global gallerist with 16 galleries and celebrity artists

Gagosian, now seventy-two, may want to start thinking about his legacy: his 16 galleries worldwide turn over $1bn, and his personal collection is reputedly worth a similar amount. Gagosian’s roster includes legends such as Ed Ruscha (lauded with four international retrospectives this year) and art celebrities such as Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst. Legacy aside, Gagosian is still very much in the cut-and-thrust of blue-chip dealing, battling lawsuits (two collectors suing this year for Koons sculptures they claim they paid for years ago, still undelivered) and hosting A-list openings (Hirst’s Beverly Hills show sold out to a crowd that included Kanye West and Tom Ford) while experimenting with ways to keep expanding the business. Having previously invested in online platform Artsy, Gagosian launched his own pop-up online viewing room during Art Basel, with sales advisers online 24/7. Legacy? He’ll get back to you…