Charles Saatchi Biography
Charles Saatchi is one of the richest and best known businessmen in the world and one of many millionaires. Saatchi’s overall net worth has been stated to be $100 million for 2014. Charles Saatchi was born in Baghdad, Iraq, but later had to move together with his family to London, UK to avoid the persecution of Jews in his home country. He was the second son in the family of four kids. As a teenager Charles was really interested in American pop culture and studied at the London College of Communication. After graduation he began his professional career as a copywriter working for “Benton & Bowles” and later started to work in tandem with an art director, Ross Cramer, and together they formed their own company called “CramerSaatchi”.
Charles Saatchi Net Worth $100 Million
They were successful and took-on employees John Hegarty and Heremy Sinclair, but true success came to Charles later. In 1970 Charles Saatchi started his business together with brother Maurice: they established “Saatchi & Saatchi” agency which had become the largest advertising agency in the world by the mid-80’s with just a huge number of high-profile clients like UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and British Airways. However, Charles and Maurice left the agency and together founded another one called “M&C Saatchi”. They took many of their important clients with them, and one of these was British Airways. Nowadays, thanks to his prosperous business, Charles Saatchi has a net worth of $100 million dollars.
To the rest of the world Saatchi is also known as one of the most famous modern art collectors. He purchased his first art work in 1969 – by Sol LeWitt, a minimalist from New York. His passion for paintings only grew, and in 2009 he even published the book “My Name Is Charles Saatchi And I Am An Artoholic” wherein the author answered many questions and even gave some advice about collectibles. But the book didn’t become as popular as Saatchi expected, so the author asked his personal assistant to buy a huge number of books to help his work hit some positions in bestseller charts. Later in 2009 Saatchi appeared on the BBC program “School of Saatchi” and gave many young artists a perfect opportunity to show their talent and showcase artworks: some artists even painted portraits of Saatchi himself. In July 2010 Charles Saatchi donated his Saatchi Gallery to the British public together with 200 works of art.
Saatchi’s personal life has never been very public, but he married his first wife in 1973. He had met Doris Lockhart Dibley in 1965 while working for “Benton & Bowes”. The couple lived together for the six years before marrying, but divorced in 1990. Saatchi’s second wife was Kay Hartenstein to whom he was married from 1990-2001, and they even had a daughter together. Then Saatchi married for the third time in 2003, to English journalist, food writer, gourmet and television personality Nigella Lawson, but after public disagreements, were divorced 2013.