Charles Stiefel’s life has had its share of ups and downs. First he made a fortune when GlaxoSmithKline bought his family’s company for $2.9 billion. But then the S.E.C. closed in after employees claimed that the family had bilked them out of $110 million by hiding crucial information—including plans for the upcoming sale—as it bought their stocks back at extremely low prices. This spring Glaxo settled the first of what will likely be many employee buyback lawsuits for $1.5 million.
Not ones to wallow over a pending fraud case, Mr. Stiefel and wife Danee have apparently spent the last few months looking for apartments to spend some of their possibly ill-gotten gains on. Now, they’re on top of the world again, or at least on the top of 230 West 56th Street, where they bought a penthouse apartment, “the apex of the prestigious Park Imperial Condominium” as the Nestseekers listing held by Ryan Serhant and Nick Jabbour boasts.
We’re not sure what happened between Christina Bloom and apartment 3E at 15 Central Park West. Maybe Ms. Bloom, who bought the two-bedroom, 2.5-bath apartment as a sponsor unit back in 2007, didn’t have a good idea of what the apartment would look like? We would certainly think that a woman who started a dating site based on matching people up with people who look like them would have given the apartment’s aesthetic qualities a careful look before deciding it was the one. But clearly, the apartment was not a good fit for Ms. Bloom, who has been trying to sell the place, on and off, since 2010.
Whatever happened to soul mates? Well, as Ms. Bloom writes about Find Your FaceMate “no matter how attentive, loving and kind a new partner might be, if he or she is not a facial feature match, it’s unlikely you will have the attraction necessary to take your mind off a previous love and offer the possibility of new love.” Intrigued? You can watch her talking more about this technology in her 15 CPW kitchen.