Qatari Emir’s daughter named art world’s most influential person

Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani

Credit: Ammar Abd Rabbo

Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, daughter of the Emir, has been ranked number one by Art & Auction magazine for the art world’s most influential people.

Al-Thani, who chairs the Qatar Museums Authority, is joined by the likes of billionaire Eli Broad; Peter Brant, Greenwich, Connecticut-based newsprint magnate; and Indonesian-Chinese business tycoon Budiardjo Tek.

Bloomberg reports:

“Sheikha Al-Mayassa has the resources of an entire country at her disposal,” said Benjamin Genocchio, a vice president at Louise Blouin Media and editor in chief of Art & Auction. “They have hired Ed Dolman to be their personal shopper. And the budget has no limit.”

“…Those people are far beyond ‘Oh, I am a private collector and I have a private museum,’” said Genocchio. “They can transform the image of an entire region.”

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