Who Are the World’s Top Ten Highest Earning Artists?

8. Takashi Murakami – $92m

Massively popular at the moment, Takashi Murakami’s artistic calling card is ‘Superflat,’ a style which is in reference to both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition, and that of Japanese postwar society, particularly manga comics. Born in 1962, his art has brought him less acclaim than his high profile fashion collaborations, most famously his Louis Vuitton collaboration, which shot him to the front lines of high art and fashion.

Takeshi Murakami, The 500 Arhats, 2012, detail

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7. David Choe – $200m

The Korean-American graphic novelist turned artist, born in 1976, has made the majority of his millions not through sales of his art but through a stroke of investment genius. Facebook famously asked Choe to paint murals of their offices, and instead of payment in cash, he asked to be paid in Facebook stock, which proved the right thing to do when the company went public in 2012.

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David Choe, Kite Man, 2017

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