Ben Ashkenazy

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Ben Ashkenazy
Born1968/1969 (age 49–50)[1]
ResidenceNew York, New York, U.S.
Alma materAdelphi University (did not graduate)
Known forFounder, CEO and majority owner of Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation
Net worthUS$4.0 billion[1]
Spouse(s)Debra Ashkenazy
Parent(s)Izzy Ashkenazy

Ben Ashkenazy (born 1968/69) is an American billionaire real estate developer. He is the founder, CEO, and majority owner of Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, which has a $12 billion property portfolio.

Early life[edit]

Ashkenazy was born in Israel, and grew up in Lawrence, Long Island, New York, the son of Izzy Ashkenazy, also a real estate businessman.[2][3]


Ashkenazy bought his first property at the age of 18.[2][3] He attended night classes at Adelphi University, but did not graduate.[2]

In 1987, he founded Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation.[2]

In 2013, his company bought London's Old Spitalfields Market, but later sold it.[3] In July 2017, the company bought London's Grosvenor House Hotel for about $750 million.[4][3]

His company owns Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Washington DC's Union Station, and a $70 million stake in New York's Plaza Hotel.[3][5]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Debra Ashkenazy, they have three children, and live on New York City's Fifth Avenue.[1][5][6]

He hired the pop singer Drake to sing at his daughter's bat mitzvah in the Rainbow Room.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Forbes Profile: Ben Ashkenazy". Forbes. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ben Ashkenazy". Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "New York's Plaza Hotel Is in the Sights of This Shy Billionaire". 14 September 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017 – via
  4. ^ "Ben Ashkenazy". Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Does Ashkenazy have an inside track at the Plaza?". Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Who's the Boss?". Retrieved 27 December 2017.