Everything You Need to Know About Jon Gray

Jon Gray happens to be the pinnacle of one of the richest real estate operations in the nation: Blackstone. We’re talking, though, about a private equity firm and not a property management company dealing in home rentals and RTOs. However, the model this man known as Jon Gray follows certainly applies to just about any facet of the real estate industry, but let’s get to the bread and butter of why this man fits the bill as a major player in real estate.

For Starters, Blackstone Is a $93BB Real Estate OperationJon Gray

Back in 1992, Jon Gray revolutionized the operation, starting as a staffer for the original $334MM real estate fund. Through a novel concept of “Buy It, Fix It, Sell It,” he took the work of Blackstone and skyrocketed real estate private equity in such a way that it may awe the likes of all real estate gurus clear and wide.

Think about it: he grew the $334MM funding to the $93BB we’re seeing today for Blackstone. That’s pretty impressive. And while his mantra has the simplicity of a children’s book, one thing’s for sure — if it worked enough to result in the monumental $26BB purchase of Hilton (yes, Hilton), then we say don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.

A Trendsetter of the Profitable Real Estate Private Equity Front

Jon Gray is in. No matter how you slice it. But the point about Job Gray is that he knows how to keep the cash flow coming when it comes to real estate, and ultimately that’s a benefit for everyone. Whether you’re a home renter, a homeowner, a home investor, or someone interested in rent-to-own.

There’s no telling how far Jon Gray will go with Blackstone, because as it stands, the company has one other major player in the business, making Blackstone a key component in an industry only beginning to soar. Good news for everyone.


Everything You Need to Know About Samuel Zell

Why is Jon Gray on a goldmine? Who is Jon Gray anyway? Well, if you’re intimately involved with a certain real estate giant by the name of Blackstone, you’ll know Jon Gray, but let’s just talk about this guy by the name of Samuel Zell, and it’ll all be clear to you:

Why Samuel Zell Has Made Real Estate Mammoth Headlines

Talk about starting from the bottom…. Samuel Zell epitomizes the American Dream, like a Samuel Zell-1Jordan Belfort, Wolf of Wall Street, but without the scandal and controversy. Starting off as a student from the University of Michigan, this was a man that went first local with a property manager to buy cheap homes, flip them houses, and then rent them to students. Small potatoes, right? Well, you have to start somewhere….

It certainly helped that this man Samuel Zell had the street/book smarts not only to aggressively go after such a business, but to graduate from law school. Now you know this guy Samuel Zell has the backing of a brain meant for success, and with the backing of a senior partner at his previous law firm, he jumped headfirst into the real estate industry with his company Equity Group Investments (EGI).

Now make no mistake — that was a startup. But a successful one at that. Actually, that’s quite the understatement.

The company became so successful, building such a gargantuan real estate empire that turned the heads of many, including one very successful real estate investment firm by the name of Blackstone, who wanted in on the moneymaking power of EGI and worked out a deal for $39BB, the largest buyout in history at the time.

So That’s Why Jon Gray and Blackstone Are Loving Life?

In a way, yes…. Well, they were already successful. But now, they’re so much more. Thanks so Samuel Zell. Now that’s a real estate power player right there, out of many real estate moguls for 2015.

Everything You Need to Know About Jonathan Pollack

One thing you have to know about real estate is that there is risk: just look at this real estate investment risk guide! It’s like playing with fire — but can reap some big rewards, especially if you know what you’re doing. Thankfully, one man by the name of Jonathan Pollack not only knows what he’s doing, but knows that he knows what he’s doing so much that of Blackstone had to take notice and signed him on as the head of real estate debt strategies.

Why Is Jonathan Pollack so Important When It Comes to Real Estate Debt?Jonathan Pollack-1

Damage control. Underwriting. Allocating. This man knows his numbers. He knows marketing. He knows restructuring. And he was doing it for 16 years as the commercial mortgage backed securities man at Deutsche Bank as the financial institution was reporting losses. They were consolidating. He was underwriting. He’s the reason many of those big names still remain afloat in a sea of real estate crashes and recessions, so it makes sense that one Jon Gray would want Jonathan Pollack on board to make sure that Noah’s Ark stays above waters while a potential real estate Armageddon arrives.

What are his accolades? Simply put, Jonathan Pollack’s responsible for revitalizing the business of Motel 6 (yep, the “we’ll leave the light on for you” chain) through effective restructuring of the business. Even some of Manhattan’s famous skyscrapers saw remarkable buyouts that kept the towers standing tall and proud in the Big Apple. Successfully puts him on a list of top real estate gurus, don’t you think?

So Ask Yourself This Important Question:

Would you want someone like Jonathan Pollack on your side? Of course. He’s the man to make sure the buildings stay up. Where there’s a successful real estate business, there’s risk given the industry. So you certainly want to make sure such a real estate giant doesn’t fall too hard at all.