For example, Milt Esterow, editor and publisher of ARTnews, counsels that you focus on modern (late 19th century to 1970 or so) and contemporary art (post-1970), which are what le tout billionairage have been buying.Indeed, 85% of ARTnews' annual list of the 200 top collectors listed those two periods among their specialties.
To figure out which nonprofits are most likely to put you in touch with people of ultrahigh net worth, peruse the Chronicle of Philanthropy to see what causes top givers favor.
You would learn, for example, that Veronica Atkins, widow of low-carb diet guru Robert, has a $400 million fortune to share. She is bound to visit - even be honored by - the hospitals and universities to which she has given dough. In some cities there's an unspoken hierarchy of charities, says Richard Conniff.
If you're willing to go without dinner for a few months, invest in a $1,500 membership in the Artist's Circle, which provides much greater mingling opportunities, including evening receptions, private viewings for major exhibitions and priority invitations to special events such as the biennial art auction.
Christopher London, editor of the website Manhattan Society.com, which covers cultural and philanthropic events in New York City, recommends that you attend as many gallery openings as possible.
No more working until you drop to ensure a comfortable retirement.
And no more worries about where your children will get into college (or how to pay for it). But how realistic is it for you, an ordinary wage slave with no more ties to the jet set than a business trip to Cleveland last month, to even meet, much less marry, a billionaire?
For instance, if you visit Art Scene Cal.com, which covers galleries in Southern California, you'd find that you could view a new artist almost any night of the week.
Better yet, you'll avoid another Chinese takeout dinner by scarfing the wine and hors d'oeuvres that galleries serve to ease buyers' grip on their wallets. If you can't tell the difference between Jasper Johns and Johns Hopkins, study up so you can converse.
At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, for example, you can become a supporting member for 0 a year.