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    Mohamed Hadid

    Developer
    Los Angeles
    310-560-0004

    Mohamed Hadid is a Los Angeles-based real estate developer best known for luxury hotels and mansions in Bel Air and Beverly Hills.

    Hadid began developing property in the 1980s, building or redeveloping Ritz-Carlton hotels in New York, Washington DC, Aspen and Scottsdale, Arizona.

    He later developed multi-million-dollar mansions in the Los Angeles area and became a minor celebrity with appearances on reality TV shows such as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Shahs of Sunset, as well as through the fame of two of his daughters, supermodels Bella and Gigi Hadid.

    In 2015, Hadid became embroiled in a multi-year legal wrangle over a mammoth spec mansion in Bel Air that he had been building since 2011. The gargantuan abode at 901 Strada Vecchia (which included a a 70-seat, underground Imax theater) sparked the ire of neighbors, who organized against it. Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie sued Hadid over alleged damage to trees on her property, and the  Los Angeles city council voted to pursue criminal charges against him for alleged zoning-law violations.

    Hadid pleaded no contest to minor charges in 2017, paid fines and did community service, but continued building the 30,000-square-foot mansion, claiming that his creditors were requiring him to push the project to completion. In late 2019, a judge ordered the partially built home to be demolished on the basis that it was structurally unsound. But the controversy had already entangled Hadid in an FBI investigation of payoffs Hadid allegedly made to city building inspectors.

    Then, in early 2021, court records revealed that there was a buyer for the unfinished manse, which had been put into receivership. Southampton developer Bruce Lifton agreed to buy the doomed home for $8.5 million

    Hadid is Palestinian, born in Nazareth, and his family were refugees in Syria when he was young. He went to college in the U.S. and is a dual Jordanian-American citizen.

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