Rupert Murdoch buys hedge fund titan’s Central Park South co-op

Julian Robertson Jr.’s estate asked $30M for full-floor apartment

Rupert Murdoch and 150 Central Park South (Getty, Corcoran)
Rupert Murdoch and 150 Central Park South (Getty, Corcoran)

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch signed a contract to buy a Central Park South co-op from the estate of the late hedge fund titan Julian Robertson Jr.

The amount of the contract reported by the Wall Street Journal is not yet clear, as the deal has not closed and awaits board approval. The 27th-floor apartment on Billionaire’s Row hit the market last month with a $30 million asking price. 

Robertson purchased the 6,500-square-foot co-op around 30 years ago. It was once the home of Singer and philanthropist Alice Tully, who began assembling the now full-floor apartment in 1959. At the time, Tully — for whom a concert hall at Lincoln Center was named — hosted her famous soirees in the apartment, which she decorated with an extensive art collection.  

Robertson, the founder of Tiger Management, died in August at age 90. 

The Hampshire House unit has seven bedrooms, one of which was converted to a gym, and five bathrooms. The living room includes 18-foot-high ceilings and a terrace overlooking Central Park. The home also has a library, media room and formal dining room. 

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Built in 1931 and converted to a co-op in 1949, 150 Central Park South boasts “white glove” service with doormen, concierge, bell captains, laundry service, a security desk and health club. The 37-story building was developed by H.K.and is known for its architectural design and copper roof.

Douglas Elliman’s Joanne Douglas had the listing, and Corcoran’s Deborah Grubman represented Murdoch in the deal. 

Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corporation, listed his 7,000-square-foot triplex penthouse in One Madison condo tower for $62 million last year, along with another smaller unit on the floor below asking $16 million. Unit 57A sold for $12.5 million, $3.5 million below ask and $2.5 million less than the $15 million the media mogul paid for it in 2014.

Murdoch also bought a $200 million ranch in Montana in 2021. He owns two other ranches in California and Australia, as well as an estate and winery in Los Angeles. 

Sheridan Wall