The chief executive of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, Robert F. Smith, has been revealed as the buyer who smashed a downtown New York City sales record last month with his $59.05 million purchase of a triplex penthouse in Chelsea.
Smith is currently the wealthiest African American, with a net worth of $4.4 billion, according to Forbes.
Smith’s mighty purchase price surpasses that for the penthouse at condo conversion Walker Tower, also in Chelsea, which sold for $51 million in 2014, according to Curbed.
Smith, who’s based in Austin, Texas, is the first African-American chairman of the board of Carnegie Hall, the Journal adds.
His penthouse is one of just five homes at a development designed by Peter Marino that rose on the site of a gas station at West 24th Street and 10th Avenue. It’s called the Getty, in part after the station that was demolished.
Smith’s new home is a combination of a duplex penthouse and an additional lower-level apartment, which add up to a whopping 10,000 square feet. The home has two master suites, four additional bedrooms, two kitchens, two great rooms and a private roof terrace.
Building amenities include an art gallery and a museum on the lower floors.