Gary Barnett (real estate developer)

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Gary Barnett
Gershon Swiatycki

1956 (age 62–63)
Alma materB.A. Queens College
M.S. Hunter College
OccupationPresident and founder of Extell Development Company
Parent(s)Chaim Swiatycki

Gary Barnett (born c. 1956) is an American businessman. He is president and founder of Extell Development Company, a real estate development company of residential, commercial, and hospitality properties, including several high-profile buildings in Manhattan.

Early life[edit]

Barnett was born Gershon Swiatycki on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. His father Chaim Swiatycki was a rabbi and Talmudic scholar. He later moved to Monsey, New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in math from Queens College and received a Master of Economics degree from Hunter College.[1][2]


Barnett began his career as a diamond trader in Antwerp, Belgium in the 1980s. In the 1990s, he returned to the United States to diversify into real estate, purchasing shopping malls and office buildings in the Midwest.[1] In 1994, he joined Kevin P. Maloney's Property Markets Group as a principal[3] and made his first New York City purchase, the Belnord apartment house.[4] In 1998, he built what would become the W Times Square. In 2003, Barnett partnered with the Carlyle Group to build The Orion, a 60-story luxury tower on 42nd Street.[1]

Barnett is a 2011 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Heritage Ball honoree. He also received the AIA New York Chapter Award in 2011.[5]

Barnett was ranked #6 on The Commercial Observer's Power 100 list in 2011,[6] #2 in 2012,[7][8] and #1 in 2013.[9]


  • The Belnord 1994, landmark building purchased for $18 million in 1994[1]
  • W Times Square, 1998
  • Parking space site of the New York Times Building, 2001, Extell owned the space that Bruce Ratner was seeking to purchase for the office tower. Following lengthy litigation Barnett was forced to sell the space to New York state via eminent-domain.
  • The Orion, 2004, 58 story building in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan with financing from the Carlyle Group[10][11]
  • Riverside South, 2005, 77 acre development purchased from Chinese investors who had been fronted by Donald Trump for $1.76 billion (a record at the time). The purchase went through considerable litigation including a charge that the Chinese majority owners had ignored a $3 billion offer from Colony Capital for the site in exchange for kickbacks. The courts eventually decided in Barnett's favor. His financing was through the Carlyle Group.
  • Atlantic Yards, 2005, litigation, Barnett and Ratner tangled again over ownership of the property when Barnett offered $100 million more than Rattner and promised to build fewer buildings and not build would become Barclays Center. Ratner eventually prevailed.
  • International Gem Tower, 2011[12]
  • One57, 2013, a 75-story (marketed at 90), 1,005 foot high residential building which will be New York's tallest residential buildings as well as one of the top ten tallest buildings of New York City. A 10,923-square-foot penthouse in the unfinished building was reported to have sold for $90 million in 2012—the most ever reported paid for a New York apartment at the time.[13] The building received international attention in October 2012 when Hurricane Sandy flipped a 150-foot long crane steel boom over its cab and then dangled unsecured near the top of the building forcing the evacuation of several blocks of Midtown Manhattan.[14]
  • The Carlton House, 2013, formerly the Helmsley Carlton House hotel. Located at 21 East 61st Street, the building was converted to 68 cooperatives residences in 2013 by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP with interiors by Katherine Newman Design. In January 2013, it was announced Thor Equities had purchased the block-long retail space for $277 million, among the highest total prices ever paid for a retail property on the street.[15][16]
  • 55 Hudson Yards
  • Invested $150,000.00 into SwordPen Publishers (a small-press publisher of children's stories) for a 25% stake in the company.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d Sherman, Gabriel (2010-09-26). "The Most Powerful People in New York - Why Gary Barnett of Extell Corporation Is the Anti-Trump - New York Magazine". Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  2. ^ Touro Graduate School of Business Hosts Exchange on Contemporary Business Issues. We Are Touro, March 20, 2013.
  3. ^ New York Times: "NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: UPPER WEST SIDE;Restoration Plan Irks Tenants" By BRUCE LAMBERT January 21, 1996
  4. ^ Price, Lauren. Diamonds are not Forever. Haute Living, August 3, 2007.
  5. ^ A Conversation with Gary Barnett, Extell Development Company. AIA New York Calendar of Events.
  6. ^ Complete Power 100 List 2011. The Commercial Observer, May 3, 2011.
  7. ^ Geiger, Daniel. The Commercial Observer’s Power 100 Gala, Minute by Minute, Drink for Drink. The Commercial Observer, June 19, 2012.
  8. ^ Power 100 2012. The Commercial Observer, May 14, 2012.
  9. ^ The Sixth Annual Power 100. The Commercial Observer, April 24, 2013. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-05-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Extell Development Company : residential : the aldyn". Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  11. ^ "The Orion | Buildings". US /: Emporis. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  12. ^ "Mayor Bloomberg and Extell Development Company Announce First Phase of Construction of International Gem Tower". New York RealEstateRama. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
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  15. ^ Rodriguez, Orlando. Classic Carlton reborn as luxury jewel. Real Estate Weekly, April 24, 2013.
  16. ^ Kusisto, Laura. Keeping It Rich on Madison Avenue. The Wall Street Journal, January 1, 2013.
  17. ^ "Baby & Kids eNewsletter". Retrieved 2015-12-07.