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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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Saatchi.


1943 Birth Born on June 9, 1943.
1947 4 Years Old In 1947 his father, a textile merchant, anticipated the flight that tens of thousands of Iraqi Jews would soon make to avoid persecution and relocated his family to Finchley, London. … Read More


1965 22 Years Old In 1965, Saatchi undertook his first advertising role as a copywriter in the London office of Benton & Bowles, where he met Doris Lockhart (later his first wife).
1967 24 Years Old Saatchi paired up with art director Ross Cramer and they worked as a team at Collett Dickenson Pearce and John Collins & Partners before leaving in 1967 to open creative consultancy Cramer Saatchi.
1969 26 Years Old In 1969, at age 26, Saatchi purchased his first work of art by Sol LeWitt, a New York minimalist. … Read More


1973 30 Years Old …  They lived together for six years before getting married in 1973 and divorcing in 1990. … Read More


1985 42 Years Old The building was transformed by architect Max Gordon into the Saatchi Gallery, which was subsequently opened to the public in February 1985 to exhibit the art Saatchi had collected. … Read More
1990 47 Years Old His taste has mutated from American abstraction and minimalism to the Young British Artists (YBAs), whose work he first saw at Goldsmith's Art School. At the YBAs' 1990 Gambler exhibition, Saatchi bought Damian Hirst's first major 'animal' installation, A Thousand Years.
1991 48 Years Old In 1991, he acquired major artworks by Hirst and Marc Quinn, becoming instrumental in launching their careers.


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 some offence (for example, to the families of children murdered by Myra Hindley, who was portrayed in one of the works), and consolidating the position of Hirst, Emin and other YBAs. … Read More
1998 55 Years Old 1 More Event
He and his brother founded an independent Jewish synagogue, named Saatchi Shul in Maida Vale, London, England, in 1998, in honour of their parents.
1999 56 Years Old In February 1999, he gave an additional 100 pieces of artwork from his collection to the Arts Council of Great Britain. … Read More


2009 66 Years Old According to the Times Online, Saatchi is "reclusive", even hiding from clients when they visited his agency's offices and, as of February 2009, has only ever granted two newspaper interviews.
2011 68 Years Old Saatchi married his third wife, British journalist, author and cook Nigella Lawson, having drawn disapproval when she moved in with him nine months after her previous husband's death. In January 2011, Saatchi and Lawson moved from their former home in Belgravia to a new home in Chelsea, London. … Read More
2013 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2013, while dining at Scott's, a London seafood restaurant, Saatchi was photographed with his hand around Lawson's throat. … Read More
2014 71 Years Old The Saatchi Gallery featured in a list of the most visited art museums in the world, based on an attendance survey for 2014, compiled by The Art Newspaper, with 1,505,608 visitors. … Read More
2016 73 Years Old Unusually for a creative consultancy, they took on employees: John Hegarty – previously Saatchi's art director at Benton & Bowles, who would later go on to run rival agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty – and Jeremy Sinclair, who as of 2016 still retains a senior role at M&C Saatchi. … Read More
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