When Sol Goldman died in 1987, his family controlled the largest collection of privately held real estate in New York City, with more than 600 buildings either owned outright or controlled through leaseholds. The family has owned many prominent New York City properties, perhaps most notably the Chrysler Building, which it bought in 1960 but lost to foreclosure in the 1970s.
Upon Sol Goldman’s death in 1987, his widow, Lillian Schuman Goldman, battled in court with Sol’s four children for control of the family empire. Lillian ended up with a third of the fortune. Sol’s daughter, Jane Goldman, received the rest of the fortune and formed Solil Management with her brother, Allan. That company still owns hundreds of properties in neighborhoods from Gramercy and the Upper East Side to Flatbush in Brooklyn. — Scott Klocksin