Peter M. Brant

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Peter M Brant
Born1947 (age 66–67)
New York City, New York,
New York, U.S.
ResidenceGreenwich, CT
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Colorado Boulder
OccupationChairman of White Birch Paper, Brant Publications, Brant Foundation
Net worthIncrease 2.7 billion (approx.)[1]
Spouse(s)

Sandra Simms (m. 1969–95)

Stephanie Seymour (m. 1995)
Childrenwith Simms:
--Christopher Brant
--Ryan Brant
--Kelly Brant
--Alison Brant
--Lindsay Brant
with Seymour:
--Peter Brant ll
--Harry Brant
--Lilly Margaret Brant
--Dylan Andrews (stepson)
Website
www.peterbrant.com
 
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Peter M Brant
Born1947 (age 66–67)
New York City, New York,
New York, U.S.
ResidenceGreenwich, CT
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Colorado Boulder
OccupationChairman of White Birch Paper, Brant Publications, Brant Foundation
Net worthIncrease 2.7 billion (approx.)[1]
Spouse(s)

Sandra Simms (m. 1969–95)

Stephanie Seymour (m. 1995)
Childrenwith Simms:
--Christopher Brant
--Ryan Brant
--Kelly Brant
--Alison Brant
--Lindsay Brant
with Seymour:
--Peter Brant ll
--Harry Brant
--Lilly Margaret Brant
--Dylan Andrews (stepson)
Website
www.peterbrant.com

Peter M. Brant (born 1947) is an American industrialist and businessman.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Brant was raised in New York City,[3] a childhood friend of Donald Trump.[3] Brant's father, Murray Brant - who founded the paper converter (primarily converting paper into newsprint) Brant-Allen Industries.[3] Brant attended the University of Colorado but did not graduate instead leaving to work for his father's company.[3]

Career[edit]

Newsprint[edit]

Brant inherited Brant-Allen Industries along with the son of its other cofounder H. Joseph Allen.[3] In the 1970s, they expanded the company into paper mill (converting pulp into paper) ownership purchasing a mill in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec and partnering with the Washington Post and Dow Jones to purchase a mill in Ashland, Virginia.[3] In the early 2000s, as paper demand continued to decline, Brant embarked on a buying spree purchasing a second Quebec mill in 2004 for $205 million (from Enron) and a third Quebec mill in 2006 for $135 million.[3] In 2008, he bought out his partner and changed the name of the company to White Birch Paper Company. Also in 2008, he purchased SP Newsprint Co for $305 million, a newsprint manufacturer with operations in Oregon and Georgia.[3] The purchase gave Brant control of 22% of the North American newsprint market, second to AbitibiBowater with 43%.[3] Brant expanded SP Newsprint into paper recycling operating 23 recycling facilities through its SP Recycling unit.[4]

In February 2010, White Birch Paper restructured under Chapter 11 proceedings, due to excessive debt and declining demand for newsprint. The company emerged from bankruptcy in January 2012 and closed its main pulp and paper mill in Quebec City, sending home more than 600 workers. White Birch owns two other mills in Quebec, Canada and one in Ashland, Virginia.[5] In 2012, Brant pledged a portion of his art collection as security to purchase White Birch Paper out of bankruptcy in partnership with Black Diamond Capital Management LLC for $94.5 million in cash and $78 million in debt.[6] Brant remains as CEO of White Birch Paper.[7]

In November 2011, SP Newsprint Co filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to excessive debt and declining demand for newsprint. SP Newsprint operates two mills in Dublin, Georgia and Newberg, Oregon and 23 recycling facilities.[4] In September 2012, SP Newsprint was purchased out of bankruptcy by SP Fiber Technologies LLC for an undisclosed amount.[8]

Brant Publications, Inc.[edit]

Brant is the owner and chairman of Brant Publications, Inc., located in New York City, founded in 1984. BPI publishes four magazines:

Film producer[edit]

Brant was an executive producer of the award-winning films Basquiat (1996) and Pollock (2000).[11] Brant was also co-producer of the Peabody- and Emmy-award winning PBS documentary, Andy Warhol: A Documentary (2006).[12]

Art collector[edit]

Brant bought his first pieces of art after turning an $8,000 investment into several hundred thousand dollars as a young man. His first purchases according to The New York Times, included "a couple of Warhols and, later, a major Franz Kline.”[3] In 1976, Brant commissioned Andy Warhol to paint his cocker spaniel, Ginger. Warhol made two paintings of Ginger, as well as drawings. Now he has a collection of over 15,000 works, including what is considered one of the largest collections of Warhol's work in the world.

On May 9, 2009, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center opened in Greenwich, CT. On the site of a converted 110-year-old stone barn, architect Richard Gluckman[13] redesigned the 9,800-square-foot (910 m2) space as a gallery and learning center, which will showcase long-term exhibitions and promote the appreciation of contemporary art and design. The non-profit center is open to the public by appointment.The Brant Foundation Art Study Center featured an exhibition by artist Urs Fischer in 2010 and painter Josh Smith in 2011.[14] Brant's tax returns for 2010 showed that he contributed $3 million to the foundation, and it spent $1.8 million on acquisitions, exhibitions and building-related costs.[15]

Brant is a member of the Advisory Council of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles named Brant to its Board of Trustees in December 2009.[16]

Kentucky Derby and Polo[edit]

Brant was the breeder of 1995 Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch. Thunder Gulch is the son of Gulch from the mare Line of Thunder, who were both owned and bred by Brant.[17] In addition, Brant is an accomplished polo player and at one time, was the highest-rated amateur player in the U.S. Brant is the co-founder of the Greenwich Polo Club, the Saratoga Polo Association,[18] and the Bridgehampton Polo Club.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Brant has five children from his first marriage to Sandra Simms (born 1955).[20] Four of his children with Simms have worked for Brant companies: Christopher as president of White Birch; Ryan as director of Brant Publications, Kelly as online director Brant Publications; and Alison as director of the Brant Foundation.[3] They divorced in 1995.[20] On 14 July 1995, Brant married supermodel Stephanie Seymour (born 1968) and they have two sons and one daughter together: Peter II (born December 1993), Harry (born 1996), and Lilly Margaret (born 28 October 2004).[21] In 2010, the couple filed for divorce but subsequently reconciled.[22] He has a step-son, Dylan, from Seymour's first marriage to guitarist Tom Andrews[3] and six grandchildren.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2004/0412/064.html
  2. ^ "Peter Brant and Stephanie Seymour put their contemporary art collection on show" from The Art Newspaper
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l New York Times: "For Richer or for ... Not Quite as Rich" By DAVID SEGAL January 23, 2010
  4. ^ a b Reuters: "Peter Brant's SP Newsprint files bankruptcy" By Jonathan Stempel November 15, 2011
  5. ^ News & Tach: "White Birch files for bankruptcy" February 25, 2010
  6. ^ Bloomberg: "Baron Brant Pledges Warhols to Revive Family Business" By Miles Weiss and Katya Kazakina September 28, 2012
  7. ^ PRN Newswire: "BD White Birch Investment LLC Completes Acquisition of White Birch Paper Company" September 18, 2012
  8. ^ Waste 360: "SP Fiber Buys Paper Recycling Firm SP Newsprint" by Allan Gerlat September 11, 2012
  9. ^ "Interview Magazine Celebrates 40th Anniversary" from The Wall Street Journal (February 2010)
  10. ^ Publishing Executive: "Brant Publications Launches MODERN Magazine" June 12, 2009
  11. ^ Variety: "Review: ‘Pollock’" September 7, 2000
  12. ^ Variety: "Review: ‘Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film'" August 31, 2006
  13. ^ The New Yorker: Art On The Grass" by John Seabrook May 4, 2009
  14. ^ The New York Times Art Insider: John Smith in Venice and Connecticut" by Carol Vogel April 14, 2011
  15. ^ Mike Boehm (September 28, 2012), Los Angeles Times: "MOCA trustee Peter Brant using his art to get business loans" by Mike Boehm September 28, 2010
  16. ^ Museum Publicity: "The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Elects Trustees Peter M. Brant, Steven T. Mnuchin, and Victor Pinchuk" December 21, 2009
  17. ^ Kentucky Derby, Derby History, Thunder Gulch
  18. ^ Palm Beach Daily News: "Saratoga Celebrates Polo Club's Revival" July 19, 1979
  19. ^ Hamptons Online: "The Sport of Kings Returns To Bridgehampton Polo Field" by Edward Callaghan July 21, 2009
  20. ^ a b The London Evening Standard: "Meet the godparents of Elton John's new baby" January 12, 2011
  21. ^ New York Times: "The New Princes of the City (There’s Even a Harry)" By WILLIAM VAN METER June 20, 2012
  22. ^ Los Angeles Times: "Stephanie Seymour, husband Peter Brant call off divorce thanks to Navajo blanket" by Emily Christianson April 13, 2011

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