Esther Grether

About Esther Grether

Birth Year: 1935
Birth Place: Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland
Residence: Basel, Switzerland
Occupation: Chair, Doetsch Grether Group
Known for: Art collector
Spouse(s): Hans Grether (deceased)

Esther Grether

Esther Grether was born on 1935 in Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland. Art enthusiast Esther Grether draws her fortune from a large stake in Swatch Group, a Swiss watchmaking company. She served on the board of directors until resigning for health reasons in 2014, but remains one of the company's top shareholders. Grether also owns one of the world's most valuable and significant collections of 20th century art, which reportedly consists of more than 600 pieces by artists including Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and Salvador Dali, as well as three Bacon triptychs and works by contemporary Swiss artists like Jean Tinguely and Bernhard Luginbul.
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In December 1962, it was thanks to a bank guarantee provided by Hans Grether, secured on Doetsch Grether shares, that the Basel art dealer Ernst Beyeler was able to buy the American collector G. David Thompson's entire collection of 70 Giacometti works.


Grether inherited a beauty and health care products company from her late husband Hans Grether in 1975 that she continues to run with her daughters. She has been chair of the board of the Basel-based Doetsch Grether Group for more than thirty years. She has served on the Swatch Group's Board of Directors from 1986 until 2014.


Grether possesses one of the most valuable collections of 20th-century art in the world. Her collection reportedly includes more than 600 pieces and includes works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti. The collection is kept in a converted printing factory which is also her home. Grether owns Bacon's Triptych, May–June 1973 (one of Bacon's three "Black Triptychs") which she purchased at auction in 1989 for $6.3 million, a record price for a Bacon painting at that time. She is also believed to own three other Bacon triptychs from the 1970s.

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