Sheldon Solow (pictured here with Colliers ABR chair Mark Boisi) dropped out of NY University in 1972 and secured a risky loan to finance construction of the 9 W 57 in 1972 (a.k.a. the Solow building), designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's Gordon Bunshaft. The iconic 50-story building offers sweeping views of Central Park and is now home to KKR, Apollo Global Management, Tiger Global Management, and Chanel, charging some of the highest rents in town.
Recently, Sheldon has plans for a 42-story mixed-use tower along the East River, part of his $4B development project that has seen more than a decade of delays. He’s known in the art world for his record-breaking collections and owns works by Boticelli and Matisse; in May 2015, he sold a Giacometti sculpture (“The Pointing Man”) for $104M, the priciest sculpture sold at auction.