The Real Deal New York

Day in the Life of: Simon Ziff

The RE finance guru on gooping his "fro," making a move on his wife and "protecting the innocent"
By Mark Maurer | February 03, 2016 04:35PM

Simon Ziff

Simon Ziff

From the February issue: Simon Ziff, 51, is the head of Ackman-Ziff Real Estate, a Midtown-based financial brokerage with five offices nationwide. The 45-person company — which arranges debt and equity financing — did about $6 billion in deals in 2014 (it’s still tallying its 2015 stats).

The firm is now in the midst of a growth spurt. In May, it will relocate to 711 Third Avenue from its longtime digs across the street from Grand Central Terminal. Ziff is preparing by purging hundreds of books and other items. What’s he definitely keeping? Immanuel Kant’s “The Metaphysics of Morals,” books on plant pruning and the movie posters for “Swingers” and “Borat.” [more]