Billionaire Ken Griffin just bought a $238 million penthouse — and it’s the most expensive home ever sold in the US

Ken Griffin bought the penthouse unit in New York City’s 220 Central Park South. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Billionaire hedge-fund manager Ken Griffin just paid $US238 million for a New York City penthouse, breaking the record for the most expensive home ever sold in the US, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The transaction smashed the previous record, set in in 2014 when another hedge-fund manager, Barry Rosenstein, bought a Hamptons home for $US137 million, by more than $US100 million.

Griffin’s new Manhattan penthouse is a massive 23,000-square-foot residence that encompasses floors 50 through 53 at 220 Central Park South, a skyscraper designed by Robert A.M. Stern that’s still under construction. The asking price was $US250 million, according to The Real Deal.

A spokeswoman for Griffin told The Journal that Griffin, the 50-year-old founder of the hedge fund Citadel, wanted a place to stay in New York as Citadel expands its presence in the city with a new office.

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Griffin, worth nearly $US9 billion, is the founder of the hedge fund Citadel. Heidi Gutman/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Griffin’s New York City purchase is part of a massive real-estate buying spree over the past few years.

Just this week, Forbes reported that Griffin paid $US122 million for one of the most expensive homes ever sold in London, a mansion down the street from Buckingham Palace.

Earlier this year, Griffin, who’s worth an estimated $US8.84 billion, according to Bloomberg, broke a real-estate record in Chicago when he bought several floors of a condominium for $US58.75 million, according to The Journal. And back in 2015, he bought a penthouse in Miami Beach for $US60 million, breaking the record for the most expensive condo sold in Miami.

Griffin has also reportedly spent nearly $US250 million on gathering land on which to build a mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, bringing his real estate spending in the past few years to nearly $US750 million.

At Griffin’s New York penthouse, his neighbours will include the musician Sting and the hedge-fund manager Daniel Och of Och-Ziff Capital Management, who both recently bought units at 220 Central Park West, according to The Journal.

Corcoran agent Deborah Kern represented the developer of 220 Central Park South in the sale to Griffin. Griffin was represented by Tal and Oren Alexander of Douglas Elliman.

Despite the astronomical purchase price, Griffin’s New York City pad is not the most expensive real-estate deal in the world.

In 2017, Hong Kong billionaire Yeung Kin-man paid $US361 million for a property in Hong Kong’s wealthiest and most exclusive neighbourhood, The Peak, as Business Insider previously reported. A $US446 million house for sale in the same neighbourhood could break the record for most expensive home sold in the world.