Hedge-fund manager Ken Griffin's $238 million NYC apartment shattered the US real estate record — here's a look at his record-setting properties and penthouses

‘Heidi Gutman/CNBC/NBCU via Getty; Larry Busacca/Getty; Shayanne Gal/Business InsiderKen Griffin’s $US238 million NYC penthouse is the most expensive home sale in the US.

Ken Griffin is on a real-estate spending spree that’s seen him break a major record in the first weeks of 2019.

Most recently, he dished out $US238 million for a sprawling New York City apartment. The 23,000-square-foot penthouse unit at 220 Central Park South is now the most expensive home ever sold in the US; it shattered the previous record, a $US137 million Hamptons home purchased by Barry Rosenstein in 2014, by more than $US100 million.

But that’s just the tip of the real estate iceberg.

Read more: A $US68 million Miami penthouse with 2 infinity pools could shatter Florida’s real-estate record. Here’s a look inside the sprawling apartment

Just days before news of his NYC purchase was announced, news broke of Griffin’s $US122 million mansion purchase in London. According to Bloomberg, the historic mansion is about a half mile from Buckingham Palace. And, on January 11, the Chicago Tribune reported that he dropped $US58.75 million on 4 top-level floors in a Near North condominium in Chicago.

Here’s a quick look at some of Griffin’s notable properties, in the US and beyond.

Ken Griffin is a hedge-fund manager whose net worth is an estimated $US8.84 billion. That makes him the richest man in Illinois and one of the richest men in the world.

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Source: Bloomberg

Griffin is the CEO of Citadel, a hedge fund founded in 1990 that manages $US30 billion in assets. He’s also well-known for his philanthropy — in August, for example, he donated $US20 million to Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida — but currently, it’s his real-estate investments that are making the news.

Source: Bloomberg, Philanthropy News Digest

In January, Griffin bought the penthouse apartment of 220 Central Park South. It’s the most expensive real estate transaction in the US.

via The Real Deal

Source: Business Insider

The luxury apartment takes up floors 50 through 53 and sits on the southern edge of Central Park.

Source: Google Maps, Business Insider

The building is still under construction …

Source: Google Street View

… and is separated from the southern entrance to Central Park by just one street.

Source: Google Street View

Just days prior to his NYC purchase, news also broke of Griffin purchasing a $US122 million London mansion at 3 Carlton Gardens. The Wall Street Journal reports that the purchase is one of the most expensive London has ever seen.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The mansion is a half mile away from Buckingham Palace.

Source: Google Maps

Griffin’s 200-year-old London pad overlooks St. James Park and includes a gym, a pool, and an underground extension.

Source: Google Street View, Bloomberg

Griffin also holds the record for the Chicago area’s priciest real-estate sale: According to the Chicago Tribune, in November 2018, he bought four floors of luxury condo building No. 9 Walton for $US58.75 million.

Source: The Chicago Tribune

His purchase encompasses floors 35 through 38 of No. 9 Walton.

Andrew Miller PhotographyThe lobby of No. 9 Walton.

Source: The Chicago Tribune

The building is in the Near North area of Chicago, near the banks of Lake Michigan and in the midst of a thriving restaurant scene on Oak and Rush streets.

Source: The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business

The building has been described as Chicago’s “number one address” and is about a block away from the Waldorf Astoria.

Source: Crain’s C

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Griffin also holds the real-estate record in Miami: In 2015, he dropped $US60 million on two properties — a five-bedroom penthouse and the three-bedroom condo directly below it — in an 18-story condo called Faena House in Miami Beach.

Source: The Wall Street Journal,Business Insider

Faena House sits on Miami Beach’s widest stretch of white sand. The penthouse has a 70-foot infinity pool on one of its terraces.

Source: Business Insider 1, 2

Faena House is directly next to Faena Hotel …

… and sits on a street of high-rise buildings just off of the beach.

Beyond his Miami penthouse, Griffin has also accumulated nearly $US250 million of real estate in the Billionaires Row area of Palm Beach, Florida, with intentions of building a mansion.

Source: The Wall Street Journal,Palm Beach Daily News,The Real Deal

Notably, Griffin’s Palm Beach property is just south of Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Club.

Evan Agostini/Getty ImagesMar-A-Lago.

Source: Palm Beach Daily News

The property reportedly spans more than 12 acres; Griffin has, according to the Real Deal, cleared it to make room for a house that will be longer than a football field.

Source: Palm Beach Daily News,The Real Deal

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