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Nasser Khalili

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Net worth 2018: $1 Billion
Industry: Investments
BirthDay: 18 December 1945
Sigh: Capricorn
Children: 3
Education: Doctorate, University of London; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Queens College

Nasser Khalili was bornon 18 December 1945 in United Kingdom. Nasser Khalili is an Iranian-born academic and former art dealer who owns one of the world's largest private collections of Islamic art, with more than 20,000 pieces spanning 1,400 years. Nicknamed the secret sultan, Khalili left Iran before the 1979 revolution and now lives in London as a dual U. S.-British citizen. His collection includes rare Koranic manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, glass, and textiles. When he was a teenager he made his first purchase, of a 19th century Qajar lacquer pen box. Khalili became known as a collector in the '80s. He denied rumors that he was buying on behalf of the Sultan of Brunei. In 2012, Arabian royals in Qatar and Kuwait and private buyers from Europe and Asia supported the top end of the Islamic art market, boosting Khalili's fortune. He also collects Japanese art from the Meiji period, Indian and Swedish textiles, and Spanish metal works. The Khalili Family Trust holds all of his collections. Khalili owns commercial and retail properties in and around London, including in tony Mayfair. He is reportedly building an energy-efficient office block dubbed "The Wave." Khalili is co-founder and chairman of the Maimonides Foundation, a charity that promotes interfaith peace and understanding.


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The collection is said to be an excellent representation of Spanish metalwork art during the latter half of the 19th century


In January 2015, he addressed dignitaries and journalists on Intercultural Dialogue in Fragmented Societies at the UNESCO headquarters as part of an event organised in the wake of the January 2015 Île-de-France attacks in Paris


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He has made keynote addresses at the launch of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures in a UNESCO International Forum held in Kazakhstan, in 2013; at the UNESCO International Congress of May 2013 in China where he spoke about Culture: Key to Sustainable Development; and at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Saudi Arabia in December 2013 to mark the launch of the UNESCO forum on Building Knowledge Societies for Sustainable Human Development


In 2012, he was further honoured in this field by UNESCO, as a Goodwill Ambassador/ In 2014, he was the recipient of the Laureate of the Dialogue of Cultures Award at the French National Assembly and consequently in early 2016 he was awarded the Rank of Officier in the Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur by the French president


The Khalili Family Trust’s support continues to the present day, notably with another substantial donation in 2011


In a 2010 interview Khalili said that his collecting in the mid 1980s was funded by his dealings in venture capital, having profited from shares in a company that developed technology to treat tumors, and that he made $15 million from the sale of a company that manufactured indigestion pills in 1987


In 2008 The Art Newspaper wrote that 'a £1 billion valuation is believed more likely' than previously claimed higher amounts


In 2007 and 2008 Forbes estimated Khalili's wealth at $1


The funds were used for the establishment of the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, which was opened by the Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Patten, in July 2005


He also gave a further £200,000 in 2003 for the refurbishment of the lecture theatre at the school


It was bought by businessman Bernie Ecclestone in 2001 for £54 million


The collections are divided into Islamic Art, with artifacts dating from 700 to 2000; Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage from 700 to 2000; Aramaic Documents from 535BC to 324 BC; Japanese Art of the Meiji Period from 1868 to 1912; Japanese Kimono from 1700 to 2000; Swedish Textiles from 1700 to 1900; Spanish Damascened Metalwork from 1850 to 1900 and Enamels of the World from 1700 to 2000


In 1997, Khalili bought Bath House, an office building on Holborn Viaduct for £7 million


Khalili founded the charitable Maimonides Interfaith Foundation in 1995 to promote "understanding, cooperation and peace between Jews, Christians and Muslims internationally through art, culture and education"


In 1992, Khalili had described his wealth as deriving from "dealing in art, commodities and real estate"


In the 1990s, Khalili commissioned a series of five paintings by the artist Ben Johnson called the House of Peace to promote "peace and harmony" between Judaism, Christianity and Islam


In 1989, Khalili donated £600,000 to establish The Khalili Chair of Islamic Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


Khalili initially traded in Persian lacquerware, and subsequently wrote a thesis on the subject, receiving a PhD degree in Islamic art from SOAS, University of London in 1988


Khalili has said that his collecting was primarily funded by his property investments from 1980


In 1978, the price of Islamic art fell substantially according to an article in Saudi Aramco World


He studied computer science and earned a BA degree in the subject at Queens College, City University of New York, and graduated in 1974


When asked directly how he had gathered his wealth during the 1970s and 1980s, Khalili stated Khalili it was from sugar and coffee trading, the options market, property investments and works of art


Khalili completed his national service in Iran as a medic in the Iranian Army, before leaving Iran in 1967 for the United States with $750 earned from sales of his book


Khalili was born in 1945 in the city of Isfahan, Iran, the fourth of five children, to a Jewish family of art dealers and traders of artefacts


The pieces are from the period of Emperor Meiji's rule from 1868-1912


The collection contains some of the most important pieces commissioned by Plácido Zuloga between 1834-1910


The Khalili Collection of Swedish Textiles comprises textile panels, dating between 1700-1900


The collection represents four separate period's, the Edo period (1603-1868), the Meiji period (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1926) and early Showa (1926-1989)


The works in the collection range from the Umayyad period to the 20th century

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