Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner divests equity in major NYC property
Jared Kushner has divested his equity interest in 666 Fifth Avenue, a 39-story office and retail building on Manhattan’s famed shopping area, according to a spokesperson at Kushner Companies.
Kushner said he would step down as CEO of Kushner Companies, a family owned real estate company, and begin to divest himself of substantial assets after he was made a senior White House advisor to US President Donald Trump, his father-in-law.
“Mr. Kushner divested his equity interest in 666 Fifth Avenue, and has no role in the management or operations of the property,” a Kushner Companies spokesperson said in an emailed statement to IFR.
Kushner bought the property for $1.8 billion in 2007 – the highest price ever paid for a single office building sale in the United States at the time, according to Kroll Bond Rating Agency – but it was last valued well below that level.
The last appraisal, completed in 2011 as part of a debt restructuring, valued the building at just $820 million. Kroll, which said the building was 20% vacant as of July 2016, valued the property at $982.1 million.
Kushner and his partners in 666 Fifth took out US$1.2bn of senior debt to buy the property, which was later packaged and sold into three CMBS deals.
It is not clear to whom Kushner transferred or sold the equity stake to, or what this means for the debt on the property.
The senior debt was restructured in 2011 and extended to February 2019. As part of the restructuring, Kushner brought in Vornado Realty as a partner.
A call and email to Vornado was not immediately returned.
(Reporting by Joy Wiltermuth; Editing by Natalie Harrison and Shankar Ramakrishnan)