Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
|Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani|
Sheikha Al Mayassa Al-Thani
|Born||Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
1983 (age 31)
|Occupation||Founder and Chairperson of Qatar Museums, Doha Film Institute|
|Spouse(s)||Jassim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Thani (m. 2006)|
|Parent(s)||Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned|
|Reference style||Her Excellency|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (born 1983) is a member of the royal family of Qatar. She is considered very influential: Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Forbes named her one of the 100 most powerful women. Due to her particular influence in the art world, ArtReview has named her most influential person in art, while Forbes referred to her the "undisputed queen of the art world" in 2015.
Sheikha Al-Mayassa graduated with a B.A. degree in Political Science and Literature from Duke University (Durham, North Carolina, USA) in 2005. While at Duke, she was Vice President of the International Association, Vice President of Hiwar (an organization to promote political dialogue), and a delegate to the 2001–2002 Model United Nations.
Upon graduation, Sheikha al-Mayassa established the NGO Reach Out To Asia. This organization is a philanthropic effort inspired by the desire to help the victims of recent natural disasters in Asia by providing quality education; it also celebrated the occasion of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.
Sheikha Al Mayassa is the Chairperson of Qatar Museums, whose CEO Edward Dolman previously served as Chairman of Christie's International, and responsible for cultivating significant cultural events in the region. She has been profiled extensively in the NY Times.
Sheikha Al Mayassa is also Chairperson of the Doha Film Institute which partnered with the Tribeca Film Festival to produce several annual iterations of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. In February 2013, they announced a $100 million feature film fund with Participant Media, a production company founded by billionaire Jeffrey Skoll, who was the first employee and also first president of internet auction firm eBay.
Sheikha Al Mayassa's wealth and role as Chairperson of Qatar Museums make her influential among art collectors. Bloomberg reported her acquisition budget on behalf of Qatar Museums is estimated at $1 billion annually.
Sheikha Al Mayassa is said to have purchased the most expensive painting in the world, Paul Gaugin's When Will You Marry? in 2015 for $300 million, Cezanne's The Card Players in 2012 for $250 million, as well as Mark Rothko's White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose) in 2007 for $70 million, a Damien Hirst pill cabinet for $20 million and works by Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Francis Bacon. She has staged major exhibitions in Qatar with Takashi Murakami, Richard Serra and Damien Hirst (underwriting his exhibit first at the Tate Modern prior to opening in Doha). The Sheikha oversees a vast array of museums including the I. M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art, Doha. A Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar and an Orientalist Museum by Herzog & de Meuron are slated to open in the coming years.
Sheikha Al Mayassa participated in a TED Talk in February 2012, where she highlighted the importance of the social impact of art. She affirmed that her goal was to create a local collection of art to contribute in shaping the Qatari national identity.
Within the royal family, Sheikha Mayassa is the sister of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Her father Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani is the former Emir, and mother Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned, the former First Lady.
Sheikha Mayassa's mother Sheikha Mozah is responsible for opening campuses of several world-class academic institutions in Doha, including Virginia Commonwealth University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Texas A&M University and Weill Cornell Medical College.
Sheikha Al Mayassa's father founded Al Jazeera and established the Qatar Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund to manage the country's oil and natural gas surpluses. The Qatar Investment Authority and its subsidiaries have acquired many businesses abroad, including London's iconic department store Harrods from entrepreneur Mohammed Al-Fayed, Paris based department store Printemps, French football club Paris Saint-Germain F.C., a 10% stake in Porsche, a 75% stake in film studio Miramax which they acquired from Disney, a 2% stake in media conglomerate and Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi, a $100 million USD investment in Chernin Group – whose founder Peter Chernin was COO of News Corp and President of Fox, a 1% stake in luxury goods manufacturer Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, a 6% stake in Credit Suisse, a 12.6% stake in Barclays and several other major companies. They also backed Glencore's $31 billion USD takeover bid for Xstrata. Qatar is the largest property owner in London with their holdings including Europe's tallest building The Shard, Olympic Village and Park Lane's InterContinental Hotel. They also own several hotels in Cannes including the Majestic Hotel, Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez and Carlton Hotel. QIA was considered to have one of the leading bids in the sales of both Anschutz Entertainment Group and Hulu. As of May 2013, it was reported the Investment Authority is in talks to purchase Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.
Marriage and children
Sheikha Al-Mayassa married Sheikh Jassim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Thani at Al-Wajbah Palace, Doha, on 6 January 2006. Sheikh Jassim is an elder son of Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, making them second cousins. Together they have three sons:
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani
- Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani
- Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani
|Ancestors of Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani|
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- 13 February 2013 Deadline – Berlin: Participant Media, Doha Film Institute Launch Five-Year $100M Feature Film Fund
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- 17 July 2013 – Qatar Investment Authority http://www.qia.qa
- 8 May 2010 Reuters – Qatar investor buys UK department store Harrods
- 8 April 2013 The Wall Street Journal – Qatari Investors to Buy Printemps
- 24 May 2013 NY Times – Qatari Hopes for Paris Saint-Germain Meet Reality
- 17 June 2013 Reuters – Qatar sells back 10 percent Porsche stake to founding families
- 21 January 2013 The Hollywood Reporter – Ron Tutor Sells His Miramax Stake
- 21 March 2012 Bloomberg -Vivendi Says Shareholder Qatar Holding Raised its Stake to 2%
- 8 November 2012 LA Times – Chernin Group receives $100-million investment from Qatar Holding
- 16 March 2012 Vogue – Slice Of LVMH
- 14 February 2011 Bloomberg – Credit Suisse Raises $6.2 Billion From Qatar Holding, Olayan
- 5 February 2013 Reuters – Barclays ducks Qatar questions, takes $1.6 billion mis-selling hit
- 15 November 2012 NY Times – Qatar Wealth Fund Backs Glencore’s Bid for Xstrata
- 21 June 2013 The Independent – Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani: Meet the man who bought London
- 15 December 2011 Pie Mag – Cannes Carlton hotel sold to Qatar investor for €450m
- 13 November 2012 NY Post – AEG shoots for stars with up to $10B sale
- 9 June 2013 Arabian Business – Qatar among bidders for US online TV firm
- 31 May 2013 NY Post – Qatar Investment Authority in talks to buy Neiman Marcus