Ken Griffin,50, who is a globe-trotting house collector who also owns a $58.75 million condo in Chicago, a $60 million penthouse at Faena House in Miami, $250 million worth of land to build a Palm Beach compound and a $122 million London mansion – and other properties - just bought the most expensive home in US history.
It is a $238 million four-story condo on Central Park South in a building dubbed the billionaires’ bunker.” Like a private club, the limestone-clad building features private dining rooms along with a sports club, juice bar, library and a basketball court. Griffin’s unit is a massive 24,000 square feet and takes up four floors, from the 50th to the 53rd floor of the building. Based on its size, he probably paid about $10,000 a square foot. Griffin’s new neighbors , once the building is in move-in condition, will include Sting and Trudie Styler.
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“He’s definitely a global trophy hunter and he bought what would arguably be now the number one building in New York,” said Donna Olshan, president of Olshan Realty Inc., describing Ken Griffin. The Florida native founded Citadel in 1990 and has expanded it into a global empire managing hedge funds and making markets. Earlier this month, Griffin paid about 95 million pounds ($122 million) for a 200-year-old mansion overlooking London’s St. James’s Park about half a mile from Buckingham Palace. Griffin also has a history of breaking records in the art world.