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Costantini started his business empire in 1975, when he launched his own investment firm, Consultatio, and started buying and developing property. By the end of the 1970s Consultatio’s property arm went on to build sizeable new suburbs in Buenos Aires. From 1991 to 1993 Costantini further served as vice president of BBVA Banco Frances, one of Argentina’s largest banks. [caption id="attachment_5382" align="aligncenter" width="440"]nordelta Nordelta, founded in 1999, is located in the Northern Tigre delta of Buenos Aires Province. It consists of a gated community made up of 9 neighborhoods built on swampland, and is known as Argentina’s first ciudad-pueblo, or city-ville.[/caption] But if Mr Costantini’s successful day job involves investment and property development, his passion is collecting art. “One day I saw this gallery where I really liked the works of Argentine artist Antonio Berni,” he told the BBC. “So I got in and bought my first two paintings. And I couldn’t stay away from art since then.” He has since gone on to build a big collection of paintings and other art works from across Latin America. But rather than lock them away, in 2001 he opened the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, or Malba, a futuristic building that he paid for. [caption id="attachment_5383" align="aligncenter" width="439"]malba MALBA, the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, is located on Figueroa Alcorta Avenue, in the Palermo section of Buenos Aires.[/caption] (additional reporting by BBC News)]]>