Charles Saatchi

Born Jun 9, 1943

Charles Saatchi is the co-founder with his brother Maurice of the global advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, and led that business – the world's largest advertising agency in the 1980s – until they were forced out in 1995. In the same year the Saatchi brothers formed a new agency called M&C Saatchi.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born on June 9, 1943.
1947 4 Years Old Nathan was a successful textile merchant and in 1947, he pre-empted a flight that tens of thousands of Iraqi Jews would soon make to avoid persecution and relocated his family to Finchley, London. … Read More


1967 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In his first advertising role as a copywriter in the London office of Benton & Bowles (where he met his future wife Doris Lockhart) Saatchi paired up with Art director Ross Cramer. They worked as a team at Collett Dickenson Pearce and John Collins & Partners before leaving in 1967 to open a creative consultancy CramerSaatchi. … Read More
1969 26 Years Old In 1969, at age twenty-six Saatchi purchased his first work of art by Sol LeWitt, a New York minimalist. … Read More
1970 27 Years Old In 1970, he started the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi with his brother Maurice, which by 1986 had grown to be the largest agency in the world, with over 600 offices. … Read More


1973 30 Years Old 1 More Event
On a visit to Paris in 1973 with his first wife, Doris Lockhart, he purchased a realist work by the British artist David Hepher, a detailed realist depiction of suburban houses. … Read More


1985 42 Years Old The Saatchi Gallery was opened to the public in February 1985, to exhibit the art Saatchi had collected. … Read More
1991 48 Years Old In 1991, he turned his back on the New York art world with two major acquisitions by new British artists.
1992 49 Years Old He was instrumental in 1992 in launching the career of Damien Hirst and in bringing Marc Quinn to the forefront of the art world.


1997 54 Years Old His renown as a patron peaked in 1997 when part of his collection was shown at the Royal Academy as the exhibition Sensation, which travelled to Berlin and New York causing headlines and much offence (e.g., to families of children murdered by Myra Hindley) and consolidating the position of the YBAs.


2003 60 Years Old Saatchi married celebrity cook Nigella Lawson – his third wife – in 2003.
He is a notorious recluse, even hiding from clients when they visited his agency's offices, and, as of February 2009, has only ever granted two newspaper interviews, though he has appeared on Nigella Lawson's television shows as a background guest. … Read More
2010 67 Years Old In July 2010, Charles Saatchi donated the Saatchi Gallery and over 200 works of art to the British public.
2011 68 Years Old In January 2011, Saatchi and Lawson moved from their former home in Belgravia to their new house in Chelsea, London. … Read More
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