Bill Ruprecht

Bill Ruprecht became chief executive of Sotheby's in 2000, having worked his way up through the company after joining the auction house in 1980 as a rug specialist.

He led the company for more than a decade but left in 2014 following Sotheby's management coming under pressure from hedge-fund investor Third Point. He was succeeded as chief executive by Tad Smith.

Ruprecht's passing at Sotheby's is the harbinger of something much bigger

21 November 2014

COMMENT: As the saying goes, turnover is vanity, profit is sanity. Hold that thought as you consider the announcement that Bill Ruprecht is to stand down as CEO of Sotheby’s after nearly 15 years.

Sotheby’s look for new CEO as Ruprecht quits

21 November 2014

BILL Ruprecht is to stand down as chief executive, chairman and president of Sotheby’s as soon as they find a replacement.

$300m dividend as Sotheby’s shareholder power hits home

05 February 2014

Sotheby’s board have acted to fend off criticism from shareholders led by hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb by saying they will issue a $300m special dividend in March.

Stand-off as investor calls for Ruprecht to quit Sotheby’s

10 October 2013

Daniel Loeb, whose Third Point hedge fund has acquired almost 10% of Sotheby’s stock, has called for the auction house’s chief executive and chairman, Bill Ruprecht, to step down.

Sotheby’s paint a healthier picture for first half of 2004

18 August 2004

PABLO Picasso’s Garçon à la pipe boosted Sotheby’s second quarter sales considerably, alone accounting for about 9.5 per cent of the total.

Sotheby’s sell off real estate operation

23 February 2004

Choosing to concentrate upon their auction business, Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc., have sold their real estate brokerage operations to Cendant Corporation. The total cash purchase price for the luxury brand and a 100-year licensing agreement was approximately $100m, plus ongoing fees based on future royalties from the development of a franchise business planned under the Sotheby's International Realty name.

Sotheby’s get a better grip on costs but still face uncertainty

12 August 2002

SOTHEBY’S chief executive Bill Ruprecht is bullish about the company’s second quarter performance, reporting a 25 per cent increase in net income on the same period last year.

Sotheby’s CEO Ruprecht takes over as chairman as well

01 January 1996

Sotheby’s chief executive Bill Ruprecht has also become chairman of the company with immediate effect following Michael I. Sovern’s decision to step down after 13 years.