The 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate



Darcy Stacom

Vice Chairwoman at CB Richard Ellis

Ms. Stacom, who in 2002 left archrival Cushman & Wakefield, where her father and sister worked, has forged a reputation as one of the city’s top investment-sales brokers. Her biggest prize: negotiating for landlord MetLife, along with colleague Bill Shanahan, the largest real estate deal in modern history, the $5.4 billion sale of Stuyvesant Town and Cooper Village.


Stephen Siegel

Chairman of Global Brokerage at CB Richard Ellis

Mr. Siegel runs the worldwide brokerage operations of the New York-based commercial firm. But, locally, he knows just about every deal and dealmaker in greater Gotham.



Pam Liebman

CEO and President of the Corcoran Group

Ms. Liebman runs one of the two largest residential brokerages in the New York area, taking the reins from founder Barbara Corcoran earlier this decade. Corcoran routinely produces some of the city’s top-grossing brokers.



Donald Trump

CEO and President of the Trump Organization

Even if he tends to sell his name to buildings instead of actually owning them outright, his stamp on the cityscape can’t be denied. You behold his mark every day in the brashness of real estate marketing, the ubiquity of chintz, or the gigantism of trophy condos.



Billy Macklowe

President of Macklowe Properties

Mr. Macklowe must now pinch-hit for his father, Harry, owner—for now—of the GM Building and several other Manhattan skyscrapers. The family firm faces billions in debt, its eventual success or failure under Macklowe fils the barometer for where the entire commercial market’s headed.



Shaun Donovan

Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Mr. Donovan, as head of the nation’s largest municipal housing agency, is charged with implementing Mayor Bloomberg’s $7.5 billion initiative to build 165,000 affordable units for 500,000 New Yorkers in a 10-year period. He’s also implementing the much-ballyhooed 421-a reforms, which start this summer.



Tino Hernandez

Chairman of the New York City Housing Authority

Mr. Hernandez manages the Jacob Riis Houses on the Lower East Side, where he lived in his youth, in addition to the 342 other public housing developments citywide. That’s 180,000 apartments housing more than 400,000 New Yorkers.



Kent Swig

President of Swig Equities

Harry Macklowe’s son-in-law oversees $3 billion in properties, with interests in virtually every sector of the industry: developing, brokering, managing, you name it. Now he’s building a hotel in the Financial District. Maybe others: “Downtown has the highest tourist-traffic outside of Times Square … it’s only going to get a lot more.”




James Cooper

Rector of the Parish of Trinity Church

Trinity Church, through royal decree in 1705, has come to own most of Hudson Square—six million square feet of commercial space in 18 buildings. The buildings have over the past couple of years drawn a heady roster: Newsweek, New York, The New York Review of Books, WNYC, Viacom, CBS Radio.



Robert B. Tierney

Chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

If he decides a building here is worth keeping, an owner’s chance to demolish and rebuild is wrecked. Tom Wolfe has written that Mr. Tierney lacks the power or pluck to stand up to developers, but this January the commissioner told Aby Rosen to “rethink” his Madison Avenue tower plans.



Ian Schrager

Chairman and CEO of Ian Schrager Companies

The former Studio 54 impresario revolutionized the hotel industry with his stylish Morgans Hotel in 1984, setting a new standard for design that continues to influence developers nationwide. Now, even Marriott is joining the “boutique” bandwagon, partnering with Mr. Schrager on a new hip hotel chain.



Elliot ‘Lee’ Sander

CEO and Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Mr. Sander has extraordinary ambitions for the M.T.A. that would ease commutes and boost access: the Second Avenue Subway, an LIRR terminal by Grand Central and the completion of the Fulton Street Transit Center, to name a few. His challenge: finding the billions needed to do it when money is in short supply.




Hall Willkie

President of Brown Harris Stevens

The Kentucky-born Mr. Willkie heads one of the city’s premiere luxury residential brokerages, with 350 brokers doing somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 billion worth of home sales a year.




Dottie Herman

CEO of Prudential Douglas Elliman

She stormed in from Long Island in 2003, along with partner Howard Lorber, to take control of Douglas Elliman, one of the city’s most venerated residential brokerages. Since then, Ms. Herman has grown it exponentially, to over 3,300 brokers, working from the East End to the West Side.



Barry Gosin

CEO of Newmark Knight Frank

Michael Bloomberg’s former tenant rep is now leading a massive search for new digs for legal giant Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

The 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate