Ken Griffin considered moving Citadel to NYC, until backlash against Amazon

The hedge fund billionaire called Amazon’s decision to pull out of Long Island City “heartbreaking”
March 14, 2019 02:00PM

Ken Griffin and Long Island City (Credit: iStock)

Ken Griffin, the billionaire CEO of Citadel, considered uprooting the Chicago-based hedge fund and moving to New York — until the backlash against Amazon’s plans for a new campus in Long Island City.

The political backlash against Amazon in New York “has dramatically reduced our interest in moving our headquarters here,” Griffin told Bloomberg. He called the e-commerce empire’s decision to pull out of the city “heartbreaking.”

Griffin began to mull a new home for his $29 billion company in January, after he spent a record $238 million to buy a penthouse at 220 Central Park South in Manhattan. Griffin visits the city about once a week, he said.

He already had grabbed the record for the priciest home in Chicago in 2017, when he paid $59 million for a four-story penthouse at the top of JDL Development’s No. 9 Walton.

Citadel’s offices anchor the 1.5 million-square-foot Citadel Center at 131 South Dearborn Street in Chicago’s Loop.

In New York, Citadel signed a lease in 2016 to take 211,400 square feet in the 47-story tower being built by L&L Holding Company at 425 Park Avenue. In January, the company announced it would expand the lease by another 124,000 square feet. [Bloomberg]Alex Nitkin