John E. Zuccotti

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John E. Zuccotti
Born June 23, 1937
Occupation Real estate developer
Spouse(s) Susan Zuccotti
Children Three
Parent(s) Angelo and Gemma Zuccotti
Relatives Andrew Zuccotti

John E. Zuccotti (born 1937) is an Italian-American businessman who is active in real estate and development in New York City. He is best known as the namesake of Zuccotti Park.

Early life[edit]

John Zuccotti was born in 1937 to Angelo and Gemma Zuccotti. He has one brother, Andrew. His father Angelo was an Italian immigrant to the United States who had become well-known in New York's high society as the longtime maitre d' of El Morocco, a nightclub frequented by the rich and famous.[1]

Zuccotti graduated in 1959 from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree. He earned a JD degree from Yale Law School in 1963.


In mid-November 1975 Zuccotti was named first deputy mayor of the city by Mayor Abraham D. Beame[2] He has served in a number of governmental and civic positions including member of the New York City Planning Commission starting in 1971, of which he became chairman in 1973.[3] He served as assistant to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and as chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York.[2] He is also a member of the boards of groups as diverse as World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

As a businessman, Zuccotti has been active in the development of New York City, as a partner in a number of real estate firms including Olympia & York, and law firms such as Brown & Wood and Tufo & Zuccotti and as the U.S. chairman of Brookfield Properties.

Politically, Zuccotti has been active in both Democratic and Republican politics on both the local and national level, serving at various times on the National Republican Congressional Committee and Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

Zuccotti is married to Susan Sessions Zuccotti, the author of a number of books relating to the Holocaust.[2]



  1. ^ Thomas Jr., Robert McG. (August 12, 1998). "Angelo Zuccotti, 89, Artist of the Velvet Rope". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, Sam. "City Room: A Public Servant Whose Name Is Now on Protesters’ Lips" New York TImes (October 5, 2011)
  3. ^ "John E. Zuccotti".National 9/11 memorial and museum (March 28, 2013)