Howard Hughes Corporation

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Howard Hughes Holdings Inc.
TypePublic company
IndustryReal estate development
Founded2010; 13 years ago (2010)
HeadquartersThe Woodlands, Texas, U.S.
RevenueUS$1.61 billion[1] (2022)
US$369 million[1] (2022)
US$185 million[1] (2022)
Total assetsUS$9.6 billion[2] (2022)
Total equityUS$3.6 billion[2] (2022)
Number of employees
740[3] (2022)

The Howard Hughes Corporation is a real estate development and management company based in The Woodlands, Texas. It was formed in 2010 as a spin-off from General Growth Properties (GGP). Most of its holdings are focused on several master-planned communities. It takes its name from the original Howard Hughes Corporation, which had developed the planned community of Summerlin, Nevada, and later became a subsidiary of GGP.


General Growth Properties filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2009.[4] The company proposed a reorganization plan that included spinning off a new company named General Growth Opportunities, which would include those properties that had long-term development potential but little or no income.[5] The name of the proposed spin-off was later changed to The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC).[6] The spin-off of HHC to GGP's shareholders was completed on November 9, 2010, when GGP exited bankruptcy.[7][8] The new company held a portfolio that included GGP's master planned communities, mixed-use developments, and undeveloped land.[8] Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman was appointed chairman of the new company.[7]

In 2019, in response to investor disappointment with the company's stock price, HHC conducted a review of strategic options, including the possibility of selling the company.[9][10] Ultimately, the company announced a "transformation plan", under which it would focus on its master-planned communities and sell off $2 billion of non-core assets.[11][12] HHC moved its headquarters from Dallas to The Woodlands in 2020 as a cost-cutting measure under this plan.[13]

Current properties[edit]

The company divides its properties into four segments: master planned communities, operating assets, the Seaport District, and strategic developments.[14]

Master planned communities[edit]

The company has six master planned communities, with a total of approximately 37,000 acres (15,000 ha) of land remaining to be developed or sold.[14]

Operating assets[edit]

This category comprises 75 revenue-generating assets, including retail, office, and multi-family residential properties, most of which are located in the company's five master planned communities.[14] The portfolio includes 12 retail properties with 2.2 million square feet of space; 35 office properties with 6.5 million square feet of space; and 15 apartment complexes with a total of 5,030 units.[15] Notable properties include:

Seaport District[edit]

This segment consists of properties at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan, with 473,000 square feet (43,900 m2) of usable space, including Pier 17, 250 Water Street, and the Tin Building.[15]

Strategic developments[edit]

The company lists 20 strategic projects, in various stages of development.[14] Notable projects include:

Former properties[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). Howard Hughes Corporation. February 27, 2023. p. 69 – via EDGAR.
  2. ^ a b Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). Howard Hughes Corporation. February 27, 2023. p. 68 – via EDGAR.
  3. ^ Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). Howard Hughes Corporation. February 27, 2023. p. 10 – via EDGAR.
  4. ^ Steve Green (April 15, 2009). "General Growth files for bankruptcy; malls likely stay open". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  5. ^ Dale Kasler (February 25, 2010). "New firm could get stalled mall". Sacramento Bee – via NewsBank.
  6. ^ Steve Green (October 8, 2010). "General Growth's new real estate business: Howard Hughes Corporation". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  7. ^ a b "General Growth exits Chapter 11 after 19 months". Associated Press. November 10, 2010 – via NewsBank.
  8. ^ a b "General Growth Properties completes spinoff of The Howard Hughes Corporation" (Press release). General Growth Properties. November 9, 2010. Retrieved 2018-02-25 – via BusinessWire.
  9. ^ "Howard Hughes considers selling itself amid strategic review". Dallas Business Journal. June 27, 2019. Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  10. ^ Jeff Jeffrey (October 22, 2019). "Behind the deal: Howard Hughes Corp. considered whole-company sale". Houston Business Journal. Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  11. ^ "The Howard Hughes Corporation announces transformation plan and new leadership following strategic review process" (Press release). The Howard Hughes Corporation. October 21, 2019 – via EDGAR.
  12. ^ Nancy Sarnoff (October 21, 2019). "Howard Hughes Corp. to move HQ to The Woodlands amid restructuring". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  13. ^ Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). The Howard Hughes Corporation. February 25, 2021. p. 4 – via EDGAR.
  14. ^ a b c d Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). The Howard Hughes Corporation. February 27, 2023. pp. 4–8 – via EDGAR.
  15. ^ a b Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). The Howard Hughes Corporation. February 27, 2023. pp. 26–32 – via EDGAR.

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Business data for Howard Hughes Holdings Inc.:
  • Light-duty/civilian part of Hughes Helicopters, sold off by McDonnell-Douglas in 1995