Billionaire Daniel Och flips 220 CPS sky palace for $190M

Real Estate

HGTV house flippers have nothing on this guy.

Hedge fund billionaire Dan Och just doubled his money in one of the biggest residential deals in New York history, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

The Och-Ziff Capital Management founder has sold his penthouse at 220 Central Park South for close to $190 million to mystery buyers —that’s almost double the $93 million he paid in 2019. He paid an additional $2 million for a one-bedroom unit on a lower floor, although it’s unclear whether or not the small unit was included in the sale.

The sprawling four-bedroom property is more than 9,800 square feet and comes with stunning views.  

“It’s in turn-key condition,” an inside source told Gimme. 

220 Central Park South is the wealthiest condo tower in city history.
220 Central Park South is the wealthiest condo tower in city history.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
It boasts sweeping Central Park views.
It boasts sweeping Central Park views.

The limestone clad building has been one of the most successful new construction efforts in city history — a sort of 2.0 version of 15 Central Park West. Robert A.M. Stern once told Gimme that both buildings — 220 and 15 CPW — are part of the same family.

“They belong to a family of forms, but like in any family, each child is a little bit different,” Stern said. 

Och still has a residence at 15 CPW, which he had put on the market for $57.5 million in 2019, the year he bought at 220 and moved to Florida for tax purposes. It is no longer on the market. 

220 Central Park South is almost sold out and has already completed more than $1 billion in sales.

Buyers include Chicago hedge funder Ken Griffin, founder and CEO of Citadel, who already paid $238 million for multiple units in the middle of the building in 2019 — that price is still a record for a residential property in the U.S. 

Griffin then paid an additional $3.9 million for two more units on the building’s 20th floor later that year. Combining the units is a long term project that is far from completion, sources say, leading some to speculate that Griffin was the buyer of Och’s penthouse.

Ken Griffin set a national sales record when he paid $238 million for units in the building.
Ken Griffin set a national sales record when he paid $238 million for units in the building.

However, a Griffin spokesperson told the Post that he is not the buyer — though Griffin has been on quite the residential spending spree in recent years. buying up $875 million worth of homes in places like New York, Palm Beach and London.

His most recent purchase was a $75 million estate at 8 Star Island — which was a Miami record. 

Other boldface names in the building include the musician Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler — who were also former residents at 15 CPW. Joseph Tsai, the owner of the Brooklyn Nets and the co-founder of e-commerce site Alibaba, paid $157.5 million for a two unit combo at 220 CPS.

The building boasts interiors by Thierry Despont. Amenities include private dining rooms, a gym, juice bar, library, basketball court — and top notch security. 

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