Who Is New Sotheby’s Owner Patrick Drahi?

Here’s everything we know about Sotheby’s new owner Patrick Drahi, from his business strategies to his impulsive proposal to his wife.

Prior to Monday morning’s blockbuster news that Sotheby’s is being bought in a deal valued at $3.7 billion and going private after 31 years on the New York Stock Exchange, many in the art world had never heard the name Patrick Drahi before. The billionaire media mogul behind the purchase of the 275-year-old auction house will soon become a very familiar figure in the art world. But veteran auction house executive-turned-private dealer Brett Gorvy seemed to speak for many when he told the New York Times on Monday: “Most people don’t seem to know who he is.”