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Steven Witkoff

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Witkoff Group
130 East 59th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10022
(212) 672-4700
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Steven C. Witkoff is chairman, chief executive officer, and founder of the Witkoff Group, a real estate development and landlord firm. Witkoff was born in 1957 in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, in Baldwin Harbor and Old Westbury. He has a bachelor’s degree as well as a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University. He got his start in real estate working for law firm Dreyer & Traub. In 1985, Witkoff and Laurence Gluck, who also worked at Dreyer, co-founded Stellar Management Company and started buying apartment buildings in Washington Heights. The partners would fix up the buildings to attract higher-rent paying tenants and to raise the value of their properties in order to re-sell them. After collaborating for over a decade, Witkoff and Gluck parted, with Witkoff taking the office building part of the Stellar portfolio.

He called his new firm, which he founded in 1997, The Witkoff Group. Nowadays, Witkoff is known for high-profile condominium construction projects as well as the complicated financing and ownerships structures he attracts to those projects. Some of Witkoff’s deals include the 1998 purchase, with partner Rubin Schron, of the Woolworth Building for $137.5 million. A recent Witkoff deal is the 2013 purchase of the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel for $660 million in partnership with Hong-Kong-based Jynwel Capital.

Witkoff has been married to Lauren Rappoport, now Witkoff, since 1987. Lauren is a senior vice president at the Witkoff Group, responsible for sales and marketing. The couple have two sons. A third son, Andrew, died in 2011.

-MK


05/08/17
...From the May issue: New York developer Steven Witkoff is spreading out his roots in Los Angeles. Investor Mauricio Oberfeld bought one of...

03/23/17
...From the Los Angeles website: Steven Witkoff, the New York-based developer behind the Edition Hotel in West Hollywood, is making a...

12/19/16
...the call of activist investors Michael Ashner and Steven Witkoff, the board voted to place Silverstein at the helm of the embattled REIT, replacing...

12/18/16
...and basketball players, bought a four-bedroom condo at Steven Witkoff’s 10 Madison Square West for $7.3 million with his wife Nancy, according to public records...

12/05/16
...from May. Donors include Bill Rudin, Sol Arker, Steven Witkoff, Bruce Ratner, David Lichtenstein and William Zeckendorf, who together have bundled more than $100,000 for...

11/08/16
...estate industry: Backers including Bill Rudin, Sol Arker, Steven Witkoff, Bruce Ratner, David Lichtenstein and William Zeckendorf have together bundled more than $100,000 for the...

10/04/16
...From left: Michael Ashner, Steven Witkoff and Wendy Silverstein Michael Ashner and Steven Witkoff proposed Wendy Silverstein as New York...

08/04/16
...left: Steve Witkoff and Michael Ashner Activist investors Steven Witkoff and Michael Ashner lauded New York REIT’s decision not to merge with the...

04/28/16
...South appears to contradict recent announcements by developer Steven Witkoff, who declined to comment for this article. Witkoff bought the hotel for $660 million in...

11/23/15
...Silver if they made a row over it. Steven Witkoff (Photo: Guest of a Guest)   Nov. 17: Developer Steve Witkoff testifies that he, too...

11/17/15
...The Real Deal last year. In 2012, Alchemy paid Steven Witkoff and Rubin Schron $68 million to buy the top 30 floors of the historic building, at...

07/10/15
...New York Yimby) (inset, from left: Nicholas Mastroianni, Steven Witkoff, Michael Shvo) New York’s luxury condo developers are getting a fresh dose of...

07/08/15
...of 111 Murray Street (credit: KPF) (inset: Howard Lorber, Steven Witkoff and Winston Fisher) Witkoff, Fisher Brothers and Howard Lorber closed on a major investment...

07/06/15
...of 111 Murray Street (credit: KPF) (inset: Howard Lorber, Steven Witkoff and Winston Fisher) Fisher Brothers, Witkoff and Howard Lorber's New Valley closed a $445 million...

06/06/15
...Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected calls to landmark the Steven Witkoff...

05/22/15
...Murray Street (Inset, from left: Howard Lorber, Steven Witkoff and Winston Fisher) UPDATED, 5:23 p.m., May 22: Witkoff, Fisher Brothers and Howard Lorber have...

05/11/15
...million duplex penthouse listing. A 14th-floor unit at Steven Witkoff...

04/14/15
...Avenue. In a recent interview with TRD, developer Steven Witkoff recalled Lorber in the 1970s, cruising around in a cream-colored Rolls Royce convertible with...

04/10/15
...Steven Witkoff and the interior of the combined penthouse at 10 Madison Square West Witkoff announced Friday...

12/30/14
...bring specialized expertise to the table. "Savvy strategist" Steven Witkoff has worked with the likes of Horward Lorber, Fisher Brothers, the Macklowe Group, and...

11/03/14
...for $26.2 million last year.  On the residential side, Steven Witkoff recently topped out 10 Madison Square West, with closings expected next year...

10/07/14
...Central Park South, which was completed in 1971. Developer Steven Witkoff bought the building last year for $660 million. With multiple skyscrapers rising in the area...

08/21/14
...From left: Steven Witkoff and David Lichtenstein The Witkoff Group’s Steven Witkoff and David Lichtenstein of the...
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