Given the pedigree of those who’ve reportedly purchased apartments at 220 Central Park South—a who’s who of international billionaires, including hedge funders Ken Griffin and Daniel Och, along with Brazilian heiress Renata de Camargo Nascimento (and, possibly, Sting)—it’s not surprising that the world’s richest man may want to put down roots there.
The New York Post reports that Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, whose net worth eclipses $130 billion, has been spotted checking out apartments in the Robert A.M. Stern-designed tower. And while the most expensive apartment has already been snapped up—that would be the $238 million penthouse that Griffin purchased—Bezos reportedly looked at full-floor apartments in the $60 million range.
Bezos already owns one piece of Central Park-fronting property: In 1999, he purchased music mogul Tommy Mottola’s three-condo spread at 25 Central Park West for just $7.6 million.
The news of Bezos’s apartment-hunting comes two months after Amazon abruptly canceled its plans to bring half of its second North American headquarters to Long Island City. When the HQ2 deal was initially announced last November, it came under scrutiny for including, among other things, a private helipad, though possible use cases for it were purely speculative. (220 Central Park South does not, as far as we know, have a helipad—but given the secrecy that has surrounded the project, we wouldn’t be surprised.)