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List of famous art collectors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top art collectors in the world? This includes the most prominent art collectors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable art collectors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic art collectors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned art collectors.

This list has a variety of people, like Rainn Wilson and John Waters, in it.

From reputable, prominent, and well known art collectors to the lesser known art collectors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the art collector field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous art collectors ever?" and "What are the names of famous art collectors?" then you're in the right place. (91 items)
Rainn Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Rainn Dietrich Wilson (born January 20, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom The ...more

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John Waters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
John Samuel Waters Jr. (born April 22, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the ...more

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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whit... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was an American sculptor, art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She was a prominent social figure and ...more
Bill Koch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
William Ingraham Koch (; born May 3, 1940) is an American billionaire businessman, sailor, and collector. His boat was the winner of the America's Cup in 1992. Forbes estimated Koch's net worth ...more
Louise Fazenda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Louise Fazenda (June 17, 1895 – April 17, 1962) was an American film actress, appearing chiefly in silent comedy films.
Judy Goffman Cutler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Judy Goffman Cutler is an American art dealer, co-founder of the National Museum of American Illustration, and founder and Executive Director of the American Illustrators Gallery, NYC. She has ...more
Daphne Guinness is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Daphne Diana Joan Susanna Guinness (born 9 November 1967) is an English socialite and fashion designer. She is a direct descendant of the 18th century Irish brewer Arthur Guinness.
Charles Saatchi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Charles Saatchi (; Arabic: تشارلز ساعتجي‎; born 9 June 1943) is an Iraqi-British Jewish businessman and the co-founder with his brother Maurice of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The ...more
Robert Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Robert Kenneth Hoffman (1947 - August 20, 2006) was an American businessperson and philanthropist, most notable for co-founding the influential humor magazine National Lampoon.
Manuel Barbachano Ponce ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Manuel Barbachano Ponce (April 4, 1925 – October 29, 1994) was a Mexican film producer, director, and screenwriter. A great-grandson of Miguel Barbachano y Tarraso, a five-time governor of ...more
Laurence S. Cutler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Laurence Cutler is an American architect, urban designer, historic property developer, author, educator, advertising executive and museum founder. Along with his wife, Judy Goffman Cutler, he is ...more
Edward James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Edward William Frank James was a British poet known for his patronage of the surrealist art movement.
Francesca von Habsburg ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Francesca von Habsburg-Lothringen (born 7 June 1958) is an art collector and the estranged wife of Karl von Habsburg, current head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
Elie Hirschfeld is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Elie Hirschfeld (born December 25, 1949) is an American real estate developer, theatrical producer, philanthropist and art collector based in New York City. He is the son of the late real estate ...more
Peggy Guggenheim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Marguerite "Peggy" Guggenheim (August 26, 1898 – December 23, 1979) was an American art collector, bohemian and socialite. Born to the wealthy New York City Guggenheim family, she was ...more
Cone sisters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
The Cone sisters were Claribel Cone (1864–1929) and Etta Cone (1870–1949). Together they gathered one of the finest collections of modern French art in the United States. They were active as ...more
Chester Dale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Chester Dale (May 3, 1883 – December 16, 1962) was an American banker and patron of the arts. Dale earned large sums from working for the New York Stock Exchange, allowing him to collect 19th ...more
Frederick Richards Leyla... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Frederick Richards Leyland (30 September 1831 – 4 January 1892) was one of the largest British shipowners, running 25 steamships in the transatlantic trade. He was also a major art collector, ...more
Etta Cone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Isabella Stewart Gardner... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Isabella Stewart Gardner (April 14, 1840 – July 17, 1924) was a leading American art collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. She founded the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. ...more
Halil Şerif Pasha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Halil Şerif Pasha (20 June 1831 – 12 January 1879), transliterated variously as Halil Sherif Pasha or Khalil Sherif Pasha, was an Ottoman-Egyptian diplomat and art collector, who lived during ...more
Francis Ingram-Seymour-C... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Francis Ingram-Seymour-Conway, 2nd Marquess of Hertford, KG, PC, PC (Ire) (12 February 1743 – 17 June 1822), styled The Honourable Francis Seymour-Conway until 1750, Viscount Beauchamp between ...more
Jane Holzer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Jane Holzer (née Brukenfeld; born October 23, 1940) is an American art collector and film producer who was previously an actress, model, and Warhol superstar. She was often known by the ...more
Sir Richard Wallace, 1st... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Baronet (21 June 1818 – 20 July 1890) was an English art collector.
Thomas Monro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Art Collectors
Thomas Monro (1759–1833) was a British art collector and patron. He was Principal Physician of the Bethlem Royal Hospital and one-time consulting physician to George III.