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Eli Broad

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Opening his private collection of masterpieces to the Los Angeles art world, philanthropist and fine art collector Eli Broad hosted an exclusive dinner party at his Beverly Hills mansion (which was designed, in part, by Frank Gehry). It was an evening for the cognoscenti — including director David Lynch, publisher Benedikt Taschen, artists Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari — to mingle amidst work by Mondrian, Koons, Serra, and Warhol, and insulate from the economic malaise with wine and black winter truffles.

The event was meant to engender excitement for Art Basel, the upcoming renowned art fair. It was also the first time Broad invited a photographer into his home for a private party. He’s a prolific collector and patron saint of the art world, recently provided $30 million as bailout to the city's Museum of Contemporary Art, and has loaned pieces from his private art collection to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for display at the eponymously named new wing of the museum. With an estimated net worth of around $5.2 billion, Broad is ranked by Forbes as the 93-richest person in the world.

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