|Born||2 January 1928|
|Died||19 December 2015(aged 87)|
Harry John Hyams (2 January 1928 – 19 December 2015) was a British millionaire who made his money as a speculative property (real estate) developer. He was best known as the developer of the Centre Point office building in London. He was the long-term owner and resident of Ramsbury Manor, near Marlborough, Wiltshire.
Hyams made much of his fortune developing office space in London at a time in the 1960s and 1970s when rents there were rising significantly. He preferred to find single, blue-chip tenants for his properties, having them fully repair and insure the buildings they occupied, as is common with commercial property in the UK. This approach enabled Hyams to manage a valuable and sizable property business with a staff of just six. It was also used by Hyams as justification for keeping his Centre Point development empty for years after completion – he claimed he could find no tenant willing to lease all 202,000 sq ft (18,800 m2) of space.
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