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The File on Citadel’s Ken Griffin

He’s the billionaire founder of the Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel. He’s also a philanthropist, a political player, a benefactor of the arts—and a person with a penchant for privacy. So who exactly is Kenneth Cordele Griffin? We scoured public documents, financial records, and other sources to come up with the answer

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'False Start' by Jasper Johns

Griffin collects impressionist and postimpressionist art with the same passion he brings to running a hedge fund. He and Anne were first named to ARTnews’s (unranked) list of the world’s top 200 collectors in 2004 and have appeared every year since, including in the (also unranked) top-ten list in 2007. While the Griffins’ love for art is widely known, the art world’s secrecy keeps specific acquisitions and their prices from publication. For the most part, only auction prices appear in the public record, and big-ticket buyers often buy auction items anonymously. Here are some pieces known to be in the Griffins’ collection:

'Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen' by Edgar Degas

False Start (above)
Jasper Johns, 1959
Bought in 2006 for $80 million, the most expensive sale ever for a work by a living artist

Curtain, Jug, and Fruit Bowl
Paul Cézanne, 1893–94
Bought in 2004 for an undisclosed amount; the painting sold at auction in 1999 for $60.5 million

Paul Cézanne, 1895

Water Lilies
Claude Monet, 1905

Green Dancers
pastel, Edgar Degas, circa 1878

Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen
(right) bronze sculpture, Edgar Degas, circa 1879–81


Photography: (top) © Jasper Johns/licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; (bottom) courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (which also owns a copy of the sculpture)


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