Michael Govan

Director of Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a reputation as a formidable fundraiser, but in 2017 he outdid himself, securing the largest private donation ever made towards the construction of an American public museum, when mogul David Geffen pledged $150m in October towards the $650m needed to start construction of a new Peter Zumthor-designed home for the museum (scheduled to break ground in 2019). When Govan is not hanging an Agnes Martin show (the director curated a survey of the late artist in April), he’s hanging out with Annie Lennox (this is LA after all: the singer will perform at the museum’s gala in November, an event that last year brought in over $3m). If all this wasn’t enough, Govan is looking to take on a vacant 7,800sqm former bus-storage yard as an outpost in the south of the city.