Leeshan Birney made her first real estate investment in 1981 and her company’s empire, which will now be run by her son and husband, spans 2,500 apartments and about 1 million square feet of commercial and office space.
Stone Mountain Properties owns real estate in New Jersey and Texas — the result of buying during a downturn, particularly in Houston, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Jersey properties among her first purchases were close to Birney’s everyday life; she bought one 133-unit apartment building because it was close to her daughter’s school.
As a Taiwan-born American, Birney became a leader in the Asian-American business community with her involvement in organizations, such as the International Leadership Foundation, throughout her career. She succumbed to cancer at the end of October.
[WSJ] — E.K. Hudson