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Charles Saatchi
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Entrepreneur
    (June 9, 1943- )
    Born in Baghdad, Iraq
    Advertising executive and art collector
    With his brother Maurice, founded the ad agencies Saatchi & Saatchi (1970) and M&C Saatchi (1995)
    Patron of the Young British Artists movement
    Wrote 'My Name Is Charles Saatchi and I'm an Artaholic' (2009)
    'The Guardian' described his appearance as 'a premonition of what David Schwimmer will look like at 63.'
    He hired a dozen people off the street to pose as employees to make Saatchi & Saatchi look larger to an early potential client.
    He rarely gives interviews, saying 'One of the things that makes my flesh crawl is reading about myself.'
    He paid £50,000 for Damien Hirst's dead shark and £150,000 for Tracey Emin's unmade bed.
    Peter Blake said, 'He has become a malign influence by building up some artists and leaving others as victims.'
    He was divorced from his first two wives.
    He was photographed in a restaurant with his hand around the throat of his third wife, Nigella Lawson.
    He claimed the incident was a 'playful tiff,' but he later accepted a police caution for assault (June 18, 2013).
    When he was four, his family fled Iraq for Britain to avoid antisemitic persecution.
    When he was 17, he had a 'life-changing' experience viewing a Jackson Pollock painting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
    He was known for his innovative advertising campaigns.
    By 1986, Saatchi & Saatchi had grown into the largest ad agency in the world.
    Tate Gallery Director Nicholas Serota said that he 'supported a whole generation of artists almost single-handedly.'
    He donated the Saatchi Gallery and over 200 works of art to the British public (July 2010).

Credit: C. Fishel


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