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This article by Abigail R. Esman appeared in the May 21, 2012 edition ofForbes magazine. Video features Michael Noer, Forbes Staff

Who says you can’t make money being an artist? or at least as an art dealer. The numbers here are staggering and makes me want to grab some canvas and splash away, then find these people and show them what I’ve done. Why not?

Our ranking of America’s Most Powerful Art Dealers is based on a combination of 2011 revenue, as estimated exclusively for Forbes by Linn|Press Art Advisory Services, and influence.  Influence gauges dealers’ power to build artist’s careers and shape a market, plus the number and caliber of their collector clients. We excluded major auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s and private dealers who do not maintain public galleries.