An apartment in the heart of New York sold for 190 million dollars

Nearly 72 million dollars for a “penthouse” type apartment above Central Park: l ultra-luxury real estate in New York once again hits record highs with this sale unveiled on Thursday by the Wall Street Journal.

Almost 900 m2 for this “penthouse” – a very large luxury apartment on the top floor of a building generally with a terrace, also called an attic apartment – with four bedrooms and located 220 Central Park South, in the heart of Manhattan.

According to the WSJ, it was the American billionaire Daniel Och who sold for almost 72 million dollars after buying it in 2019 for half the price: 72 million dollars at the time and two million for an extra room at another floor of the building.

The Journal considers that this sale to an anonymous buyer is “one of the most expensive ever concluded in New York”.

American billionaire Daniel Och, on December 3 2017 in Mountain View (California) (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP – Kimberly White)In this same skyscraper sky of 220 Central Park South, recalls the American economic daily, the American fund manager Ken Griffin had paid in 2019 some 72 million dollars for an apartment.

An absolute record for the sale of a home in the United States, according to the WSJ.

Daniel Och, 61 years old, has a personal fortune valued today by Forbes at 4.1 billion dollars and is the founder and former CEO of the New York investment fund Och-Ziff Capital Management, since renamed Sculptor.

In September 2016, this fund, which managed at the time 40 billion in assets, had been fined 291 million by US authorities for setting up a vast network of corruption in African countries such as Libya, Chad or the Democratic Republic of Congo.

When he bought this “penthouse” in 2019, Mr. Och had gone into exile in Florida for tax reasons and thought of making it his “pied-à-terre” in New York.

The Journal also recalls that the billionaire owns another “penthouse” estimated at 57,5 million dollars, at 15 Central Park West, one of the four arteries that frame the green lung of Manhattan.