Norman is a Miami-based billionaire car dealer is an art collector with his wife Irma, and former owner of an American football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. His 23 dealerships in Florida and Colorado sell about 50% luxury cars and the rest regular cars with brands such as Bentley, Bugatti, Acura, Audi, Kia, Honda, Hyundai, Rolls-Royce, Porsche, MINI, Cadillac, Mercedes and BMW.
As a Republican, he was a significant supporter of Senator Marco Rubio and the senator's wife was employed by the Braman's charitable family foundation, the Irma and Norman Braman Art Foundation, which supports arts and culture in the Miami area. Norman is president of the foundation.
The Bramans are on Artnews Top 200 Collectors list every years since 1990 appearing in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
According to Artnews, it is estimated that more than half of their reported $2.4 billion fortune is invested in art and includes Warhol, de Kooning (they loaned major pieces to the Museum of Modern Art’s 2011 retrospective), and Calder, whose work inspired them to begin collecting in 1979.
They’re not afraid of placing a high bid at auction. “If you buy the best of an artist it doesn’t matter how much you pay for it,” Norman told Forbes in 2011. “The market will catch up.”
The Bramans financed the creation of a 37,500-square-foot home for the new Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Norman told the New York Times in 2014, “Whatever the cost is, we will be building it, period.” www.artnews.com/top200/irma-and-norman-braman/