Vladimir Roitfeld

Raised in Paris, Roitfeld moved to L.A. at age 18 to study film at the University of Southern California. Disillusioned with Hollywood months after landing a job at Paramount, he hit Manhattan in early 2008 and teamed up with Australian heir Andy Valmorbida to stage exhibits in large venues off the beaten path, where the crowds and loud music wouldn't afflict the neighborhood. They split in 2011, though each continues to show. Roitfeld held a large sale at Sotheby's this fall. [+]