We were told that the mysterious buyer who just plunked down $44 million on the Duke Semans Mansion at 1009 Fifth Avenue was of the Russian variety, but it turns out the truth is much more caliente. The Wall Street Journal's Josh Barbanel reports that the buyer of the 20,000-square-foot landmark?Fifth Avenue's last private mansion?is Carlos Slim, telecom billionaire, current "Richest Man in the World" title holder and financial fairy godfather of the New York Times.
Slim recently paid $140 million for an office building at 417 Fifth Avenue, and both deeds were signed by the same lawyers, including one from his financial services company. The mansion was sold by Tamir Sapir, who paid $40 million for Duke a few years back. So who scored the commission? Maybe no one! Though Brown Harris Stevens superbroker Paula Del Nunzio was listing the townhouse for $50 million, Barbanel writes that Sapir "made a direct deal with Slim." Like Mama always said, never trust an illegal ivory smuggler.
· Carlos Slim Buys Fifth Ave.’s Only Private Townhouse [WSJ]
· Duke Semans Mansion coverage [Curbed]