“I kind of look at the abstract impressionists as being to the art world what my brother and I were to the business world. . . It was these two young guys doing what they were doing, people said, ‘Something must be wrong. They did not pay their dues.”

Mitchell Rales, one of Washington’s quietest billionaires, explaining why he got into modern art. His desire to open his world-class collection in Potomac to the public has forced the secretive venture capitalist to start schmoozing for once — in hopes of getting a county sewer extension to the museum. Read more in Miranda Spivack’s story: Art collector Mitchell Rales’s grand design hangs up over sewer issue

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