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Laurene Powell Jobs Turns Her Eye to Art Collection

Laurene Powell Jobs should be a name that the world knows, but she has done a very good job at staying relatively quiet despite being the heir and widow of Apple’s Steve Jobs. Laurene is becoming a major collector, with an ever-growing art collection that is funded through her fortune.

But there’s a lot more to Laurene than just being a wealthy woman from Silicon Valley. She is a philanthropist that has done a lot of good in the world – especially in education. She is the co-founder of College Track, a non-profit that has helped improve high school graduation rates for “underserved” students in East Palo Alto.

She also founded Emerson Collective and sits on the board of directors at Stanford University and Conservation International.

Tens of millions of dollars have been funneled into education by Powell Jobs. She is on a mission to change education in the United States, and a lot of her money goes to help fund art programs.

Powell Jobs is also known for being a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council. Her life’s works have been nothing short of impressive, and she continues to shock the world with her inclusion into ARTnews as one of the top 200 collectors in the world.

Laurene Powell Jobs and What She has Acquired

Jobs made the top 200 list, and this is a list that is based on interviews with people in-the-know in the industry. The list has taken interviews from the following into consideration:

*Art consultants


*Museum directors

*Art dealers

But we don’t know how much she has spent on her collection or the value of her collection – both are not listed in the publication. However we knew about it becuase of New York Times and the Washington Post.

What we do know is that she has a love for contemporary art, and it would be neat if she was found roaming around our online art gallery checking out some of the lesser-known names in the industry.

Jobs has the resources that many do not, and she joins the likes of Paul Allen and Roman Abramovich as top collectors.

The problem is that little is known about her collection.
She has the finances to buy some of the world’s most exclusive pieces, yet little-to-no pieces have been directly linked to her. It seems, as was the case with her late husband, that she likes to remain private in her life and keep her name out of the spotlight.

NPO and Art

Jobs does a lot of her art-related philanthropy through her non-profit organizations, such as funding IOP Vote through her Emerson Collective. IOP Vote is part of J.R.’s Inside Out Project. J.R, is a filmmaker and French street artist.

She's also an avid real estate lover, recently renovating an 1888 mansion, which is an art piece of its own.

We’ve also seen her sponsor a DACA-related program in the United States. The program was called the DACA/Dreamers Outdoor Art Project that became a photographic montage on the outside wall at Indiana University South Bend. The photos taken were that of the “faces” behind the DACA program to show how many people the program has helped.

Pro Environment

Jobs was a trading strategist for Goldman Sachs, she was married at the picturesque Yosemite National Park, and she is the richest woman in the tech industry. She was an innovator like her husband, co-founding a natural-food company called Terravera in the 90s.

She advocates for social justice for all, and she is very much into environmental conservation.

Her primary goal is to reform education in high school and to be a leader in conservation. Her wealth has allowed her to become a 20% owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, a group that owns the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards. She has also purchased a majority stake in The Atlantic in an effort to bring equality to everyone through American culture and literature.

Pro Immigration Reform

Her fight doesn’t end with environmental issues. The 20 billion dollars widower has expressed her position about a new immigration reform. She has advocate even more during the Trump period about the importance of such a change. 

Pro Education Reform

Another important goal she wants to fulfill is to give access to a better education. She supports diverse organizations and fund students with limited economical capabilities.

Amazing philantropist

One thing we can learn from Laurene is that it’s never too late to follow your dreams and start your own collection. She is changing the world through her philanthropy, yet she is also able to follow her passion of contemporary art.

She’s among the most powerful people in the world, and while it may be difficult to amass a collection like Jobs, art remains a form of expression everyone can enjoy. 

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