Nigerian investor scoops up 1049 Fifth Avenue duplex

1049 Fifth Avenue and Kola Aluko
1049 Fifth Avenue and Kola Aluko

WEEKENDEDITION Nigerian playboy and oil, gas and aviation entrepreneur Kola Aluko has laid out a bundle at 1049 Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side.

Co-founder of the Made in Africa Foundation, which funds development in Africa, Aluko paid $8.62 million for a four-bedroom, 3,660-square-foot duplex in the tony building. And while Aluko – who was recently spotted by the New York Post at Leonardo DiCaprio’s 39th birthday party at the Tao Downtown — purchased the only duplex in the building, it was hardly the priciest apartment.

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Last month, Carol Staab of Douglas Elliman listed a 3,335-square-foot unit in the building for $13.5 million and the penthouse for $15.9 million, which was recently reduced to $14.95 million before it went into contract. [NYP] Christopher Cameron

Correction: A previously published version of this post misstated the listing broker for additional units in the building.