Bennett LeBow, chairman of Douglas Elliman’s parent company Vector Group, paid $44.8 million for a new pad in 432 Park Avenue.
LeBow bought a half-floor condominium unit on the 64th floor in Macklowe Properties and CIM Group’s ritzy supertall, according to property records filed with the city Thursday. He joins partner Howard Lorber, who bought a half-floor unit on the slightly higher 67th floor.
For his new digs, LeBow dropped more than the value of his shares in Vector — estimated last year to be worth roughly $34.7 million. A representative for LeBow did not immediately return a request seeking comment.
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