Jeff Sutton (real estate developer)

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Jeff Sutton
Born1960 (age 58–59)
ResidenceGravesend, Brooklyn, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania
OccupationReal estate developer
Known forFounder of Wharton Properties
Net worthUS$$4.3 billion (February 2019) [1]

Jeff Sutton (born 1960) is a billionaire New York real estate developer and the founder of Wharton Properties.


Sutton was born to a Sephardi Syrian Jewish family,[2][3] in Gravesend, Brooklyn, the son of an importer of retail goods.[4] In 1981,[4] he graduated with a B.A./B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.[1] Wanting to get into New York real estate and lacking the funding to compete with the old established real estate families (e.g. Dursts, Roses, Fishers, Rudins, Tishmans, and the Lefraks), Sutton took a different tack: he would first find a potential tenant, determine where they wanted a store, and then seek to buy out the lease from the tenant at the location. In some cases, he would buy out the landlord using the signed lease as support to secure financing in order to buy the property.[4][5] In the early 1990s, his strategy worked with Payless Shoes in upper Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. In the late 1990s, he applied the same approach with CVS Pharmacy in lower Manhattan partnering with New York City's largest landlord, SL Green Realty.[4] Sutton emphasizes securing triple-A national retail chains as tenants.[6]


Significant properties include:[4]

As of 2013, Wharton Properties owns 120 properties throughout New York City.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Sutton is married and has five children.[1] In June 2013, he purchased a residential property on the Jersey Shore for $22.6 million.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Forbes profile: Jeff Sutton". Forbes. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ The Real Deal: "Clans with Plans" By Adam Pincus February 1, 2011
  3. ^ The Real Deal: "The Syrian retail touch - An inside look at the Syrian Jewish investors dominating NYC retail — from Sutton to Sitt, including how much revenue they’re pulling in" By Adam Pincus January 01, 2014
  4. ^ a b c d e New York Observer: "Sutton’s Place: Finding the King of New York Retail" By Tom Acitelli August 24, 2011
  5. ^ The Real Deal: "Hiding in plain sight - Jeff Sutton's buildings are everywhere and his portfolio may be worth $1 billion, but you'd never know it" By Adam Pincus December 01, 2010
  6. ^ a b Wharton Properties website: "Jeff Sutton" retrieved November 2, 2013
  7. ^ Massey Knakal website: "4th Annual Massey Knakal CRE Investment Summit - Keynote Speaker: Jeff Sutton" retrieved November 2, 2013
  8. ^ The Sephardic Community Alliance: "Building our Future by Preserving the Past" Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine September 2009