Sol Goldman

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Sol Goldman
Born (1917-09-02)September 2, 1917
Brooklyn, New York
Died October 18, 1987(1987-10-18) (aged 70)
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Jewish
Occupation real estate owner
Net worth $1.0 billion (at time of death)
Spouse(s) Lillian Schuman (1922–2002) (m. 1940)[1]
Children Allan H. Goldman
Diane Goldman Kemper
Amy P. Goldman (b. 1954)
Jane Goldman

Sol Goldman (September 2, 1917 – October 18, 1987) was an American real estate developer. Together with his partner, Alex DiLorenzo, Goldman became the biggest non-institutional real estate investor in New York City in the 1980s, ultimately owning a portfolio of nearly 1900 commercial and residential properties.[2]


Born as a grocer's son in Brooklyn, Goldman briefly attended Brooklyn College, before turning to real estate development during the Great Depression.[3]

The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins University is named in his honor, following a gift of $10 million.[4]

In 1941, he married Lillian Schuman.[3] They had four children: Allan H. Goldman, Diane Goldman Kemper, Amy P. Goldman, and Jane Goldman.[2] Upon his death at the age of 70 in 1987, he owned New York’s largest private real estate portfolio with more than 600 properties valued at $1 billion.[3] His wife and three daughters engaged in litigation over his assets with his wife eventually receiving 1/3rd of his estate.[3] His nephew, Lloyd Goldman, is also a notable real-estate investor in New York City.[5]


  1. ^ "Lillian Goldman, 80, Yale Law School Donor and Advocate for Women's Education". New York Times. August 21, 2002. 
  2. ^ a b "Sol Goldman, Major Real-Estate Investor, Dies". New York Times. October 19, 1987. 
  3. ^ a b c d Keil, Jennifer Gould (January 2, 2008). "Looking Back: Sol Goldman, a mogul surrounded by turmoil". The Real Deal. 
  4. ^ "Lillian & Sol Goldman", The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins
  5. ^ "Meet the Other Trade Center Builder". Wall Street Journal. September 11, 2008. 

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