172. Ben Ashke­nazy

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

Born in Is­rael and raised on Long Is­land, Ashke­nazy bought his first build­ing at age 17, af­ter he went to a shop­ping cen­ter to check out a site to open a fast food restau­rant. The re­cent high school grad re­al­ized the lease of­fered was be­low mar­ket value and de­cided to find a lender and buy the prop­erty in­stead. In be­tween his real es­tate ven­tures, Ashke­nazy took night classes at Adel­phi but ended up 6 cred­its shy of grad­u­at­ing. No mat­ter: The deal­maker has, through Ashke­nazy Ac­qui­si­tions, built a $12 billion port­fo­lio that in­cludes Bos­ton’s Fa­neuil Hall and New York’s Plaza Ho­tel. Now he is set­ting his sights on Europe, pur­chas­ing Lon­don’s iconic Grosvenor House Ho­tel in July.

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