NET WORTH: $1.36 billion
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Blackstone Group
FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture
OVERVIEW: J. Tomilson Hill and his wife Janine founded Hill Art Foundation, for which a new two-story gallery on West 24th Street in Chelsea will be named. The space will become one of the few private galleries in New York City largely made up of a personal collection. It has been scheduled to open in September of 2018.
BACKGROUND: J. Tomilson Hill graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Hill began his career at First Boston, later becoming one of the co-founders of its M&A department. He later joined Lehman Brothers as a partner, in 1982, and was co-President and co-COO of Shearson Lehman Brothers Holding. He joined Blackstone Group in 1993, where he's vice chairman, as well as chair of Hedge Fund Solutions group
ART & CULTURE: Hill is an avid art collector with a collection that reportedly includes pieces by Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon. The Hills established the Hill Art Foundation, for which a new two-story gallery on West 24th Street in Chelsea will be named. The space, set to open in the Fall of 2018, will become one of the few private galleries in New York City largely made up of a personal collection.
The couple holds the largest private or public collection of artist Christopher Wool. The foundation will provide an exhibition of the Hill Collection in advance of the foundation's inaugural September 2018 showing.
The Hill Art Foundation plans to partner in educational efforts with institutions such as the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Hill serves on the board; he was also chairman of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and is on the board of Lincoln Center Theater.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Tomilson is on the board of Advantage Testing Foundation and Our Lady Queen of Angels School, a parochial school in Spanish Harlem.
LOOKING FORWARD: The Hill Art Foundation is just kicking off, so expect much greater giving down the line. The couple also have an interest in education.
The Hill Art Foundation
1065 Ave of Americas
New York, NY 10018