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The Closing: Robert Merck

The MetLife bigwig on his son’s stint in Afghanistan, powerwatching TV and his $67 billion portfolio
By E.B. Solomont | April 05, 2017 11:00AM

Robert Merck (Photo by Studio Scrivo)

From TRD New York: Robert Merck is the global head of real estate for MetLife, one of the largest commercial lenders in the U.S., with a $67 billion real estate and commercial mortgage portfolio.

The Georgia native joined the company in 1982 as a 24-year-old analyst and, after working his way up, was tapped to run the company’s real estate investment department in 2003. Since then, MetLife’s real estate business has grown exponentially: It originated a record $15 billion in commercial mortgages last year, up from $3 billion in 2002, and it invested $1.5 billion in commercial real estate globally. [More]