Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Abigail Greene "Abby" Aldrich (October 26, 1874 — April 5, 1948) was an American socialite and philanthropist.
Al Rosenbaum Al Rosenbaum (1926 - April 11, 2009) was an American artist and the co-founder of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Virginia.
Alexander Girard Alexander Girard (May 24, 1907 – January 31, 1993) affectionately known as Sandro, was an architect, interior designer, furniture designer, industrial designer and a textile designer.
Alfred Surratt Alfred G. "Slick" Surratt (November 9, 1922 – February 15, 2010) was an American baseball outfielder in the Kansas City Monarchs, a Negro league baseball franchise based in Kansas City, Missouri...
Archer Milton Huntington Archer Milton Huntington was the son of Arabella Huntington and the stepson of railroad magnate and industrialist Collis P. Huntington.
Asher Edelman Asher Barry Edelman (born November 26, 1939) began his career on Wall Street in 1961.
Augustus Pitt Rivers Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt Rivers (14 April 1827 – 4 May 1900) was an English army officer, ethnologist, and archaeologist.
Avery Brundage Avery Brundage (September 28, 1887 – May 8, 1975) was the fifth president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), serving from 1952 to 1972.
Bennet Woodcroft Bennet Woodcroft FRS (20 December 1803 – 7 February 1879) was an English textile manufacturer, industrial archaeologist, pioneer of marine propulsion, a leading figure in patent reform and...
Bertha Calloway Bertha Calloway (born c.1925?) is an African-American community activist and historian in North Omaha, Nebraska.
Bob Cassilly Robert James Cassilly Jr. (November 9, 1949 – September 26, 2011) was an American sculptor, entrepreneur, and creative director.
Calouste Gulbenkian Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (Գալուստ Սարգիս Կիւլպէնկեան) (23 March 1869 – 20 July 1955) was an Armenian businessman and philanthropist.
Charles Saatchi Charles Saatchi (born 9 June 1943) is a British businessman and the co-founder with his brother Maurice of the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
Chester A. Reynolds Chester Arthur Reynolds (1887 - December 11, 1958), was a Kansas City, Missouri, native and entrepreneur who was once the President of Lee Jeans, and later founded the National Cowboy & Western ...
Cole Palen Cole Palen (December 28, 1925 – December 8, 1993) was the founder of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, a "living" museum of vintage aircraft from 1900-1937 located in Rhinebeck, New York.
Collis Potter Huntington Collis Potter Huntington (October 22, 1821 – August 13, 1900) was one of the Big Four of western railroading (along with Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker) who built the Central...
Daniel J. Terra Daniel J. Terra (8 June 1911 – 28 June 1996) was a scientist, businessman, and art collector.
Dave Arnold Dave Arnold is the Founder and President of the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), the host of the radio show Cooking Issues, an owner of Booker and Dax, a food and drink research lab that op...
David Hildebrand Wilson David Hildebrand Wilson is the co-founder, along with his wife, Diana Wilson, of the enigmatic Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California.
David Lunn-Rockliffe David Lunn-Rockliffe was a British businessman, rowing supporter, and co-founder of the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, England.
David Ross McCord David Ross McCord (18 March 1844 – 12 April 1930) was a Canadian lawyer and philanthropic founder of the McCord Museum in Montreal, Canada.
Devi Lal Samar Devilal Samar was the founder-director of a folk-theatre museum called the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal in Udaipur in Rajasthan in India.He was awarded Padma Shri for his outstanding work.
Dolores Olmedo María de los Dolores Olmedo y Patiño Suarez was a Mexican businesswoman, philanthropist and musician, better known for her friendship with Mexican painters Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rive...
Dominique de Menil Dominique de Menil was a French-American art collector, philanthropist, founder of the Menil Collection and an heiress to the Schlumberger Limited oil-equipment fortune.
Donal F. Early Dr. Donal F. Early (20 May 1917 in Roscommon, Ireland — 12 April 2004 in Bristol, England) was an Irish psychiatrist.
Edith R. Wyle Edith R. Wyle (April 21, 1918 – October 12, 1999) was an American artist and arts patron, founder of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.
Edward E. Ayer Edward Everett Ayer (November 16, 1841 – May 3, 1927) was an American business magnate, best remembered for the endowments of his substantial collections of books and original manuscripts from N...
Electra Havemeyer Webb Electra Havemeyer Webb (August 16, 1888 – November 19, 1960) was a collector of American antiques and founder of the Shelburne Museum.
Elias Ashmole Elias Ashmole (23 May 1617 – 18 May 1692) was a celebrated English antiquary, politician, officer of arms, astrologer and student of alchemy.
Elma Lewis Elma Idna Lewis (September 15, 1921 – January 1, 2004) was the founder of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (including a museum) and the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts.
Emmett Forrest William Emmett Forrest, Jr. (September 3, 1927 – January 12, 2013) was an American pop culture collector, museum founder, and longtime friend of actor Andy Griffith.
Felix Tikotin Felix Tikotin (1893-1986) was an architect, art collector, founder of the first Museum of the Japanese art in the Middle East.
Florence Dibell Bartlett Florence Dibell Bartlett (1881–1953) was a Chicago heiress and folk art collector, who is best known for founding the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, the w...
Francis Bourgeois Sir Peter Francis Lewis Bourgeois RA (November 1753 – 8 January 1811) was a landscape and history painter, and court painter to king George III of the United Kingdom.
Frank Oppenheimer Frank Friedman Oppenheimer (August 14, 1912 – February 3, 1985) was an American particle physicist, professor of physics at the University of Colorado, and the founder of the Exploratorium in Sa...
Frederick Layton Frederick Layton (May 18, 1827 – August 16, 1919) was an English-American businessman, philanthropist and art collector.
Garth Webb Garth Webb was a Canadian soldier who founded the Juno Beach Centre.
George W. Headley George W. Headley was a noted twentieth-century jewelry designer, collector, socialite and founder of the Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington, Kentucky.
Gerald Lestz Gerald S. Lestz (March 29, 1914 – September 15, 2009) was an American newspaper columnist, author, activist, philanthropist and publisher.
Goéry Delacôte Goéry Delacôte, Légion d'honneur, is a French theoretical physicist and science educator.
Gurusaday Dutt Gurusaday Dutt (গুরুসদয় দত্ত 1882–1941) was a civil servant, folklorist, and writer.
Halsey Ives Halsey Cooley Ives (27 October 1847 – 5 May 1911) was the founder of the Saint Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts.
Hans Sloane Sir Hans Sloane, 1st Baronet, PRS (16 April 1660 – 11 January 1753) was an Irish physician and collector, notable for bequeathing his collection to the nation, thus providing the foundation of t...
Henry Cole Sir Henry Cole (15 July 1808 – 18 April 1882) was an English civil servant and inventor who facilitated many innovations in commerce and education in 19th century Britain.
Henry E. Huntington Henry Edwards Huntington (February 27, 1850, Oneonta, New York–May 23, 1927, Philadelphia) was an American railroad magnate and collector of art and rare books.
Henry Tate Sir Henry Tate, 1st Baronet (11 March 1819 White Coppice near Chorley Lancashire – 5 December 1899) was an English sugar merchant and philanthropist, noted for establishing the Tate Gallery, London.
Hosteen Klah Hosteen Klah (1867–1937) was a Navajo artist and medicine man.
Hsin Tao Dharma Master Hsin Tao is a Buddhist monk who set up the Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Foundation in 1989.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Isabella Stewart Gardner (April 14, 1840 – July 17, 1924) – founder of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston – was an American art collector, philanthropist, and one of the foremost fema...
Izabela Czartoryska Princess Izabela Dorota Czartoryska (née Fleming; 3 March 1746 – 15 July 1835) was a Polish aristocrat, writer, art collector, and founder of Poland's first museum, the Czartorys...
J. Paul Getty Jean Paul Getty (December 15, 1892 – June 6, 1976) was an American industrialist.
James Bisset James Bisset (ca. 1762 – 17 August 1832) was a Scottish-born artist, manufacturer, writer, collector, art dealer and poet, who spent most of his life in and around Birmingham, England.
James Ward Usher James Ward Usher (1845–1921) was a businessman and Philanthropist in Lincoln.
Jan Hoet Jan, Knight Hoet (June 23, 1936 – February 27, 2014) was the Belgian founder of SMAK (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst or Municipal Museum for Contemporary Art) in Ghent, Belgium.
Jim Ede Harold Stanley Ede (7 April 1895 – 15 March 1990), also known as 'Jim' Ede, was an English collector of art and friend to artists.
Joe Berardo José Rodrigues Berardo, GCIH, more commonly known as Joe Berardo is a Portuguese businessman, stock investor, speculator, and art collector.
John de Menil John de Menil was an American businessman, philanthropist, and art patron.
John Warhola Ján Varhola (May 31, 1925 – December 24, 2010), Americanized as John Warhola, played a pivotal role in maintaining the legacy of his younger brother, pop artist Andy Warhol, assigned...
John Woodman Higgins John Woodman Higgins (September 1, 1874 – October 19, 1961) was an American businessman and owner of the Higgins Armory Museum.
Josephine Porter Boardman Josephine Porter Boardman Crane (14 November 1873 – 8 July 1972) was an American socialite and patron of the arts, co-founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and supporter of the Dalton School...
Jules Marcou Jules Marcou (April 20, 1824 – April 17, 1898) was a French, Swiss and American geologist.
Ken Behring Kenneth Eugene Behring (born June 13, 1928) is a real-estate developer, former owner of the National Football League's Seattle Seahawks, and philanthropist.
Kirk Wipper Kirk Albert Walter Wipper, was a Canadian academic and founder of the Canadian Canoe Museum, which is presently located in Peterborough, Ontario.
Larry Aldrich Larry Aldrich (June 13, 1906 in Manhattan – October 26, 2001) was an American fashion design, art collector, and founder of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Leif Preus Leif Preus (18 February 1928 – 5 May 2013) was a Norwegian photographer and museum founder.
Leopoldo de' Medici Leopoldo de' Medici was an Italian cardinal, scholar, patron of the arts and Governor of Siena.
Lyde Browne (antiquary) Lyde Browne (? - 10 September 1787, Foster Lane, Cheapside, London) was an 18th-century English antiquary and banker, who owned one of the largest antiquities collections of the time.
Magosaburō Ōhara Magosaburō Ōhara was a Japanese businessman and philanthropist who founded Ōhara Art Museum.
Malcolm Whyte Malcolm Whyte is an author, editor, publisher, and founder of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.
Marie Stopes Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes (15 October 1880 – 2 October 1958) was a British author, palaeobotanist, academic, campaigner for women's rights and pioneer in the field of birth control.
Marie Wadley Marie L. Wadley (December 16, 1906 - September 23, 2009) was an American co-founder of the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Martha Longenecker Martha Williams Longenecker (May 18, 1920 – October 29, 2013) was an American artist, and founder of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego.
Martha W. Longenecker Martha W. Longenecker (May 18, 1920 – October 29, 2013) was an American artist, and founder of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego.
Martyn Arbib Sir Martyn Arbib is a British businessman who led the Perpetual fund management company during the late 20th century, unusually based in Henley-on-Thames, rather than London.
Mary Quinn Sullivan Mary Quinn Sullivan (November 24, 1877 – December 5, 1939) was born Mary Josephine Quinn in Indianapolis, Indiana to Thomas F. Quinn and Anne E. Gleason Quinn; she was a pioneer modern art colle...
Max Adler (Sears) Max Adler (May 12, 1866 – November 4, 1952) was born in Elgin, Illinois to a German Jewish family who emigrated to America in about 1850.
Mei Ping Wu Mei Ping Wu is the founder of the Silk Route Museum.
Merton Russell-Cotes Sir Merton Russell-Cotes, FRGS (8 May 1835, Wolverhampton – 27 January 1921, Bournemouth) was Mayor of Bournemouth, England, 1894–1895.
Miles Lerman Miles Lerman (1920 – January 22, 2008) was a Polish-born American who helped to plan and create the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Minoru Mori Minoru Mori was considered to be one of Japan's most powerful and influential building tycoon.
Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. (born September 30, 1939) is an American businessman and collector, the founder of the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, Florida, and Nervi, Italy.
Napoléon Bourassa Napoléon Bourassa (October 21, 1827-August 27, 1916) was a prominent Canadian architect, painter and writer who offices were located from Montreal, Quebec.
Nelson Rockefeller Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 — January 26, 1979) was an American businessman, philanthropist, public servant, and politician.
Noah Norton Noah Norton (1786 - 1877) Noah Norton was a government agent, museum founder and California Gold Rush pospector.
Owsley Brown Frazier Owsley Brown Frazier is a philanthropist from Louisville, Kentucky USA who founded the Frazier International History Museum.
Park Chan-su Park Chan-su (a.k.a. Park Changsoo, Moga) is a Korean sculptor in wood, and a museum curator.
Peggy Guggenheim Marguerite "Peggy" Guggenheim (August 26, 1898 – December 23, 1979) was an American art collector, bohemian and socialite.
Peter Loboda Peter G. Loboda is the Founder and Director of the Odessa Numismatics Museum.
Peter Redpath Peter Redpath (August 1, 1821 – February 1, 1894) was a Canadian businessman and philanthropist, closely associated with Redpath Sugar.
Philip Schwalb Philip Schwalb, Social Entrepreneur (born September 10, 1962) is the founder of for-profit Sports Museum of America in New York City.
Phyllis Lambert Phyllis Barbara Lambert, (née Bronfman; born January 24, 1927) is a Canadian philanthropist and member of the Bronfman family.
Pieter Teyler van der Hulst Pieter Teyler van der Hulst (25 March 1702 – 8 April 1778) was a wealthy Dutch Mennonite merchant and banker, who died childless, leaving a legacy of two million florins (in today's terms: about...
Rahmi Koç Rahmi Mustafa Koç is a Turkish businessman.
Robert E. Petersen Robert Einar "Pete" Petersen (September 10, 1926 – March 23, 2007) was an American publisher and founder of the Petersen Automotive Museum in 1994.
Robert Gunther Robert William Theodore Gunther (23 August 1869 – 9 March 1940) was a historian of science, zoologist, and founder of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.
Rufino Tamayo Rufino Tamayo (August 26, 1899 – June 24, 1991) was a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico.
Ruth Carter Stevenson Ruth Carter Stevenson was an American patron of the arts and founder of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, which opened in Fort Worth, Texas, in January 1961.
Ruth Goldbloom Ruth Miriam Goldbloom, DLit (née Schwartz, December 5, 1923 – August 29, 2012) was a Canadian philanthropist who co-founded the Pier 21 museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Sakıp Sabancı Sakıp Sabancı (7 April 1933 – 10 April 2004) was a prominent Turkish business tycoon and philanthropist.
Saroj Ghose Saroj Ghose, born in Kolkata, is an Indian science popularizer and museum maker.
Sazō Idemitsu Sazō Idemitsu was a Japanese businessman and founder of the petroleum company Idemitsu Kosan.
Scott Dillon Scott Brewster Dillon (born 19 August 1928) is an Australian surfer.
Seymour Fromer Seymour Fromer was an American co-founder of the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California.
Shojiro Ishibashi Shōjiro Ishibashi was a Japanese businessman who founded the Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest maker of tires, in 1930 in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan.
Shōjirō Ishibashi Shōjirō Ishibashi was a Japanese businessman who founded the Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest maker of tires, in 1930 in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan.
Sofia Adamson Sofia Adamson was a Greek immigrant who founded the Pacific Asia Museum in Los Angeles, co-founded Adamson University in the Philippines, and worked for General Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines.
Soichiro Fukutake Soichiro Fukutake Soichiro Fukutake is the eldest son of Tetsuhiko Fukutake, the founder of Fukutake Publishing Co., Ltd.. Born in Okayama Prefecture, Soichiro Fukutake graduated from the ...
Solomon R. Guggenheim Solomon Robert Guggenheim (February 2, 1861 – November 3, 1949) was an American businessman, art collector, and philanthropist.
Stephen Kanner Stephen H. Kanner (July 30, 1955 – July 2, 2010) was an American modern architect who co-founded the A+D Museum of Los Angeles in 2000.
Stephen R. Reed Stephen Russell Reed (born August 9, 1949, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania) is the former and longest-serving mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Sunay Akın Sunay Akın (born 1962) is a Turkish poet, writer, TV host, journalist, and a philanthropist.
Terrance Lindall Terrance Lindall (born 1944) is an American artist and the co-director and chief administrator of the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Vehbi Koç Vehbi Koç (July 20, 1901 – February 25, 1996), born in Çoraklı, Ankara, Ottoman Empire, was a Turkish entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor (Russian: Вячеслав Моше Кантор, born on September 8, 1953 in Moscow) is a Russian businessman and international philanthropist, entrepreneur and investor.
W. G. Collingwood William Gershom Collingwood (6 August 1854, Liverpool – 1 October 1932) was an English author, artist, antiquary and Professor of Fine Arts at University College, Reading.
Walter Potter Walter Potter (2 July 1835 – 21 May 1918) was an English taxidermist noted for his anthropomorphic dioramas featuring mounted animals mimicking human life, which he displayed at his museum in Br...
William Wilson Corcoran William Wilson Corcoran (December 27, 1798 – February 24, 1888) was an American banker, philanthropist, and art collector.
Yekaterina Sheremeteva Countess Yekaterina Pavlovna Sheremeteva was the founder of naturalistic museum in Podolsk uyezd, Moscow Governorate, and the founding member of the Ancient Literature Fanciers Society.