Abu Dhabi fund takes full ownership of New York office block

Gulf funds have invested in US real estate for decades. Above, Abu Dhabi Corniche. (Shutterstock)
Updated 12 June 2019

Abu Dhabi fund takes full ownership of New York office block

  • ADIA bought 25 percent of 330 Madison Avenue from Vornado Realty Trust
  • ADIA, which the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute estimates manages nearly $700 billion in assets, has between 5 to 10 percent of its portfolio in real estate

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) said on Wednesday it had bought 25 percent of 330 Madison Avenue from Vornado Realty Trust, gaining full ownership of the New York office block.
ADIA, which the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute estimates manages nearly $700 billion in assets, has between 5 to 10 percent of its portfolio in real estate.
The stake was bought by a subsidiary of ADIA, a spokesman said, adding it had owned the rest of the property for 30 years.
The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of this year.
Gulf sovereign wealth funds, especially Abu Dhabi and Qatari funds, have for decades been investing in commercial real estate in Europe and the US.
Vornado recently sold a non-controlling stake in its portfolio of New York properties along Fifth Avenue and Broadway in a transaction that provided the firm cash proceeds of about $1.2 billion.


Google postpones Android 11 unveiling amid US protests

Updated 53 min 14 sec ago

Google postpones Android 11 unveiling amid US protests

  • ‘We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate’

Alphabet’s Google on Saturday said it has postponed next week’s planned unveiling of the beta version of its latest Android 11 mobile operating system in light of protests and unrest in the United States.
“We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate,” Google said in a message posted on its Android developers website.
The event was originally scheduled to take place virtually on Wednesday, according to the website. In a tweet, it said that it will announce more details on the new version of Android “soon,” without specifying any dates.
Protests have spread across the United States over the killing of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black man who died after being pinned by the neck under a white police officer’s knee.