Louise Blouin

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Louise Blouin
Born Louise Thérèse Blouin
1958/1959 (age 59–60)[1]
Montreal, Canada
Residence Switzerland[2]
Nationality Canadian
Occupation magazine publisher
Known for

Louise Thérèse Blouin (born 1958/59) is a Canadian magazine publisher. She is owner of Louise Blouin Media, which she founded.[3]


Louise Blouin was born in the suburbs of Montreal, in Quebec, Canada, the sixth child of parents who owned an insurance brokerage. Her father died when she was fifteen. She studied commerce at McGill University, and later transferred to Concordia University. She did not graduate. She worked as a stock analyst and as a stockbroker.[1]

In the early 1980s, Blouin married David MacDonald Stewart, a member of the Canadian MacDonald tobacco family. The marriage was annulled within a year.[1]

Blouin later married John MacBain and the couple acquired Auto Hebdo, a classified car trading magazine, in 1987. The business grew into Trader Classified Media. Although the couple separated in 2000, Blouin did not sell her remaining shareholding until 2004.[4] After the separation she became CEO of the London auction house Phillips de Pury, owned by her new companion Simon de Pury; in December 2002, after a year, she resigned.[4] She started Louise Blouin Media in 2003, and moved into art publications.

In 2005 Blouin started the Louise T. Blouin Foundation, an international organisation for creativity and the arts.[5] In October 2006 the foundation opened the Louise T. Blouin Institute in Shepherd's Bush in west London, with a large gallery and smaller spaces for seminars and lectures. The first exhibition was of light works by James Turrell.[1]

Blouin married Matthew Kabatoff, an employee of the Louise Blouin Foundation, in France in June 2011.[3][6]

In 2016, her name appeared in the Panama Papers. She commented, "I didn't even know. . . It is not relevant. It is not because you are in the Panama list that you did something wrong. You are the one informing me about that. You can't assume everyone with a BVI [company] has done something wrong".[2][7]


In 1993 Blouin was one of approximately 200 "Global Leaders of Tomorrow" listed by the World Economic Forum, a Swiss foundation.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sarah Hampson (8 October 2006). Sarah Hampson interviews Louise T Blouin MacBain. The Observer. Archived 5 July 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "One of Canada's richest women, Louise Blouin in Panama Papers | Metro News". Metronews.ca. Retrieved 9 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Benjamin Genocchio (5 October 2011). New York Observer's Desperate LBM Smear Misfires — And Is Full of Errors. Artinfo. Archived 7 October 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Andrew Porter (14 March 2004). Publisher's Ambition is a Study in Revenge. The Sunday Times. Archived 12 June 2011.
  5. Felicia R. Lee (2 May 2005). A New Arts Foundation with a Focus on Creativity. New York Times.
  6. Kat Stoeffel (10 May 2011). Will a Paywall Help Keep the Lights on at Louise Blouin Media?. The New York Observer. Archived 6 October 2011.
  7. "Louise Blouin: Tax haven art maven - Toronto Star Touch". Startouch.thestar.com. Retrieved 9 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. GLT Class 1993. Geneva: World Economic Forum. Accessed April 2015.