Haute 100 Update San Francisco: Danielle Steel

Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—MiamiNew YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. An avid art collector and supporter of emerging artists, Danielle Steel, the queen of romance, is the guest curator of the “WHAT?” exhibition at Andrea Schwartz Gallery, showing through Aug. 27.

Danielle Steel

Category: Thinkers

Company: Random House

Industry: Novels

What Made Her Haute: There are more than 580 million copies of her novels in print, and each of her books is a best seller.

What Makes Her Haute Now: Think Danielle Steel’s definition of WHAT counts steamy romance novels and you are only partially right. Danielle Steel the author is just one facet of her life. Throughout her illustrious career, she has written 112 books covering numerous genres from romance and drama to poetry and children’s books. Publishing about three books a year, being a mother to nine children, and running two foundations, The Nick Traina Foundation and Yo! Angel!, Steel still finds the time to nurture her love for art and design.

Her art gallery in Laurel Heights, Steel Gallery, closed its doors in 2006 after four years, but since then, Steel has curated two shows, her latest being “WHAT?” a group exhibition featuring Seamus Conley, Eric Michael Corrigan, Mitch Jones, Daniel Anhorn, Dana DeKalb, and Gordon Smedt, among others. When not at her Pacific Heights home, the best-selling author lives in Paris, but no matter where she is Steel is discovering new artists and appreciating “happy” art, particularly contemporary art, Asian art, driftwood, photographs, Pop Art, and anything with bright colors or red.

Andrea Schwartz Gallery is located at 525 2nd St., 415.495.2090, asgallery.com. “WHAT?” runs through Aug. 27.