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Bisnow's Most Read Stories Of 2016

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The year that saw a real estate mogul win the presidential election was bound to be a big one for commercial real estate news. Here are the top 10 most read Bisnow stories of 2016. 

1. The Bisnow Rich List: The 100 Wealthiest People In Real Estate

Bisnow's Most Read Stories Of 2016

From Sheldon Adelson to Eric Schmidt to Jerry Jones, we ranked the 100 richest people in the commercial real estate industry. With a $25B net worth, Adelson was by far the wealthiest mogul, followed by Michael Dell (above) at $18.3B and Paul Allen at $18.1B.

2. 9 New Restaurants In Howard County, MD

Mutiny Pirate Bar and Island Grill

Those Baltimore folks sure do love their restaurants. In Howard County, MD, nine new restaurants opened at the beginning of the year. The owners of the Iron Bridge Wine Co opened the Caribbean-themed Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille, which serves 152 types of rum. 

3. The First Home-Themed Mall In America Is Coming To Stafford County, VA

A rendering of the planned Home Centers USA mall in Stafford County, VA

A concept that has been successful in Canada and Europe, home-themed malls, is coming to Washington, DC's outer suburbs. The 300k SF Home Centers USA will have as many as 400 stores and is slated to open in 2019. 

4. Pokémon May Be Silly But It's Having A Serious Effect On Real Estate

Pokemon

When the Pokémon craze swept the nation this summer, we took a look at how the augmented reality game was affecting commercial real estate. As businesses became spots for players to congregate and catch virtual Pokémon characters, some owners embraced the opportunity by putting out signs while others limited use of the space to paying customers only. 

5. Trump Organization SVP David Orowitz Resigns One Day After Old Post Office Hotel Opens

Trump Organization SVP David Orowitz snapped at a Bisnow event in DC in 2015
David Orowitz at a Bisnow event in 2015

One day after Donald Trump took a break from the campaign trail to open his new Washington, DC, hotel, Bisnow learned that his point man on the project, David Orowitz, had decided to leave the Trump Organization. Orowitz, who spent eight years working for Trump, said his departure was not related to his boss' presidential campaign.

6. Trump Is The Next President Of The United States ... Now What?

Donald Trump
President Donald Trump

After Trump's upset victory on Election Day, we talked to industry leaders about how his presidency could affect commercial real estate. Some think he will have a positive impact by reducing the commercial tax rate, while others fear what the uncertainty of his leadership style could mean for the economy. 

7. Seven New Restaurants Open In Fells Point, MD

Modern Cook Shop

In the spring, seven new dining spots opened in Fells Point, MD, and had residents of the Baltimore suburb buzzing. Among them was the long-awaited Modern Cook Shop, above, from the owners of Fork & Wrench. 

8. Forbes 30 Under 30: The Next Generation's Stars Of Commercial Real Estate

Bisnow's Most Read Stories Of 2016

In January, Forbes released its list of 600 rising stars across all business sectors. We took a look at the top 10 superstar Millennials in the commercial real estate industry. 

9. How 9 African-American Real Estate Moguls Are Changing The World

Magic Johnson

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, we ranked the top nine African-American commercial real estate titans who have changed the face of the industry. 

10. Stop The Presses: Bisnow Acquired!

Bisnow's Most Read Stories Of 2016

In May, Bisnow's owner, Mark Bisnow, above with his wife, Margot, sold the company he founded in 2005 to New York-based Wicks Group. CEO Will Friend, who took over in 2014, continues to lead the company, which operates in 30 cities.