Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton

Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton has been chairman of the Wolfson Foundation since 2010. She is the daughter of Lord Wolfson of Marylebone who, with his parents, established the Foundation in 1955.

Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton

Case study

Dame Janet is a collector of contemporary art and was a Director of Christie’s International between 1994 and 1998, Trustee of Tate 1992-2002 and the Chairman of Council for Tate Modern 1999 -2002. In 1996 she donated 60 contemporary works of art to Tate – a gift which has been described as being “crucial to the development of Tate Modern”. The Wolfson Foundation supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health, education and the arts & humanities. All funding is based on expert peer review and the Board comprises family members and academic experts. Over £750 million (some £1.25 billion in real terms) has been awarded in grants to some 10,000 projects over the last 58 years, including £110 million in the last three years alone.

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