And now he's even wealthier thanks to the £95m of largely public funds that were used to pay for two of his Titian paintings.
These masterpieces were produced in the 16th century by an Italian artist for a Spanish king.
It's amusing to think that they have now been "saved for the nation". But shouldn't this be "saved for the state"? What happens if Scotland votes for independence? Will the two "nations" get one each?
And when will all this nonsense end about saving things for nations?
How many paintings would remain in the National Gallery if everything had stayed in its home nation?
Source: Stuart Burch, "The national question", Letters to the Museums Journal (UK), issue 112/04, p. 22-23, 01/04/2012, http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/comment/01042012-letters