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Saatchi drops down art power list
Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson
Saatchi, seen here with wife Nigella Lawson, is an avid collector
Art collector Charles Saatchi has dropped down a list of art's 100 most powerful figures after topping it in 2002.

Saatchi is now sixth on the Art Review list, which is now topped by US billionaire Ronald Lauder.

Francois Pinault, the French owner of auction house Christie's, is second on the magazine's list.

In third place is Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate museums which include the contemporary Tate Modern.

The top 10 includes some artists, but is predominantly made up of gallery owners, collector and dealers.

1 Ronald Lauder, US billionaire and collector
2 Francois Pinault, owner of Christie's auctioneers
3 Nicholas Serota, director of Tate galleries
4 Larry Gagosian, US gallery owner
5 Gerhard Richter, German painter
6 Charles Saatchi, art collector and gallery owner
7 Takashi Murakami, Japanese artist and designer
8 Maja Oeri Hoffmann, president of Swiss art foundation
9 Leonard Lauder, art collector
10 Dakis Joannou, Greek art collector

It includes the noted German artist Gerhard Richter and Takashi Murakami, the Japanese artist and designer famous for his work for French fashion house Louis Vuitton.

Controversial British artist Tracey Emin, who appeared on the inaugural list last year, has fallen off the Top 100.

Other British figures who appear, however, include Jay Jopling (25), the Turner-nominated Jake and Dinos Chapman (30) and Damien Hirst (49).

There are two surprising additions to the list. Gil Perez - who at number 50 is only one place behind Damien Hirst - is the doorman of Christie's auction house in New York.

Puerto Rica-born Mr Perez has become so influential with potential buyers he has a position on the company's board and reportedly earns $100,000 (62,500) a year.

At number 100 is Adrian Mullish, Damien Hirst's dentist, who has been given works by Hirst and Tracey Emin and is now said to own an "exciting collection".

The full list will be unveiled in Art Review's November issue, which is out on Friday.

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