Sharif El-Gamal

Soho Properties
31 West 27th street 9th floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 966-9600

Sharif El-Gamal is the chairman and chief executive of the real estate investment firm Soho Properties.

The firm is known for attempting to develop Park51, a community center and Islamic prayer space located at 45 Park Place, two blocks from ground zero, in 2009. The project has been dramatically scaled back from preliminary plans. Opponents incorrectly dubbed it Ground Zero Mosque and said it did not belong so close to the site of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, which were perpetrated by extremist Muslims. A national debate on the issue ensued.

The luxury condo tower El-Gamal then planned for 45 Park Place ran in to trouble again in 2020, when his lender on the project, Maybank, moved to foreclose, while El-Gamal argued that the Malaysian bank violated the terms of the sharia-compliant construction loan.

El-Gamal was born in 1973 in Brooklyn, to an Egyptian Muslim father and a Polish Catholic mother. He spent the latter part of his childhood in Liberia and Egypt with his father, after his mother died when he was 9 years old.