Qatar’s Sheikha Al-Mayassa clinches top spot of Art Review Power 100 list
The head of the state museum authority, estimated to spend around $1bn a year on art, is ranked number one because of her agency’s “vast purchasing power”
By Helen Stoilas. Web only
Published online: 24 October 2013
The spending might of Qatar has made many headlines in recent years, so it's little surprise that Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the head of the Qatar Museums Authority and the sister of the emir who rules the oil-rich Gulf state, was placed at the top of this year’s Power 100 list, published by Art Review.
Sheikha Al-Mayassa was “ranked number one in this year’s list on account of her organisation’s vast purchasing power and willingness to spend—at a rate estimated to be $1bn a year—in order to get top works of art for its Doha museums,” the magazine says in a press release. The Sheikha first appeared on Art Review's annual list in 2011 at slot number 90 and quickly jumped to 11th place last year. “The QMA extends its influence as an energetic sponsor of major international museum exhibitions and other cultural ventures designed to boost Qatar’s standing in the world.”
The QMA is completing a transition to become a “private entity for public good” and will start to generate its own revenues, but reports that there would be a change in leadership were denied by the Sheikha. The Gulf state has also come under fire recently over the working conditions of migrant Nepalese labourers at construction sites in Doha.
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