Jared Kushner is the owner of the New York Observer, a newspaper, and principal at Kushner Companies, a multibillion-dollar real estate organization. His father, Charles Kushner, founded the organization in 1985. When Charles was sent to prison in 2005 for filing false tax returns, making illegal campaign contribution, and retaliating against a witness, Jared became the public face of the company. In 2009, Jared married Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump; he was a leading adviser to Trump in the 20116 presidential race.
As a Harvard undergrad, Kushner bought seven residential properties in Somerville, Massachusetts, upgraded the buildings and sold them at a profit for $21 million.
In 2006, while working toward his JD and MBA at New York University, Kushner bought a stake in the New York Observer for $10 million. In 2007, Kushner's firm paid $1.8 billion for 666 Fifth Avenue, a 41-story, 1.5 million-square-foot building between 52nd and 53rd streets. The office portion of the tower began encountering problems after multiple tenants failed to renew leases in the wake of the financial crisis. In late 2011, Kushner refinanced the debt on the property through Vornado Realty Trust. Vornado agreed to inject $80 million of equity into the project in return for a 49.5 percent stake in the tower.
The package of walk-up building sold for $130 million. The properties are located at 201 East 2nd Street, 23 Avenue A, 129 First Avenue, 143 First Avenue, 338-340 East 11th Street, 165-167 Avenue A, 500 East 11th Street, 504 East 12th Street, 191-193 Avenue A, 435 East 12th Street, 516 East 13th Street, 211 Avenue A and 49 and 1/2 First Avenue.
The package of buildings sold for $53 million, the New York Post reported. The properties, which have a combined 11 stores, are located at 54 Barrow Street, 120 MacDougal Street, 267 East 10th Street, 435 East 9th Street, 156 Sullivan Street, 311 East 11th Street and 311 East 6th Street.
The 100,000 sf former headquarters of the National Audubon Society sold for $80 million. The seller purchased the building in 2006 for $53 million. The Society is relocating its offices to 225 Varick Street.