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Shy billionaire sets sights on New York's Plaza Hotel

Ben Ashkenazy's company, which has a US$12b portfolio, now owns some of the best-known buildings in the US

Mr Ashkenazy also is eyeing more of the famed Plaza Hotel (above) in New York, once owned by US President Donald Trump. His company acquired a minority stake in May that includes some rights to buy the building.


BEN Ashkenazy bought his first piece of property when he was right out of high school, with a little help from his dad. Three decades later, his collection boasts some of America's best-known buildings.

As far as real estate tycoons go, though, he's a candidate for least...

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