Sheikha Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani has been named one of the world' most powerful women

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Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani, the 14th child of the Emir of Qatar, is arguably the most powerful woman in the art world today. As head of the Qatar Museums Authority, Al-Thani, by FORBES estimates, controls an annual art-buying budget in the neighborhood of $250 million--though if she wanted to blow the lid off that ballpark cap she probably could. Oil-rich Qatar's GDP is $184 billion, and the line between government money and the royals' spending is gossamer-thin. Last year, she paid $250 million for Paul Cezanne's "The Card Players," setting a record for the highest-price paid for a painting ever. The nation has been snapping up art in preparation for hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

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