Raymond Sacker and his wife Beverly, Mortimer Sackler and his wife TheresaImage copyrightEyevine/Shutterstock
Image caption (L-R) Raymond Sackler and his wife Beverly, Mortimer Sackler and his wife Theresa

You might never have heard of the Sackler family but you may well have enjoyed their money.

The Anglo-American billionaire dynasty are prolific philanthropists and some of Britain’s best-known art galleries, museums, theatres and universities have benefited from their generosity.

But behind the money is a firm called Purdue Pharma, a US company owned by many of the Sacklers which makes opioids – a class of drugs linked to the deaths of thousands of Americans.

Now some in the arts say they don’t want the Sacklers’ money anymore.

This week alone, the Tate said it would no longer take funds from the family while the National Portrait Gallery and the Sackler Trust said they would not proceed with a £1m donation.

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