Okay, its early in the year, and if you haven’t started already, it’s time to get busy and get hunting for new business! So, I thought that I would give all of you estate agents a head start, by compiling a list of this country’s top property developers and investors that you should definitely make yourself available for, should they decide to call your office for a valuation. You never know, 2017 might just be your lucky year?
1) Tony Pidgley – Chairman of Berkeley Group. Outstandingly successful residential house builders in both London and the South East of England.
2) Sean Mulryan – Chairman & Chief Executive of Ballymore Group. A famously secretive Irishman that reportedly holds a landbank that will accommodate 20,000 homes in London- 90% of which will be by water or a major transport link.
3) John & Fawn James – Directors of Soho Estates. Manage a portfolio of property that was originally built up by porn baron Paul Raymond, but remain active London property developers.
4) Alison Nimmo – Chief Executive, The Crown Estate. Alison oversees a property portfolio worth in excess of £10 billion, and is considered to be a major player amongst the capitals property elite.
5) Rob Noel – Chief Executive, Land Securities. Land Securities are one of this country’s largest developers and have helped transform London’s skyline with the landmark “Walkie Talkie” building.
6) Jamie Ritblat – Chairman & Chief Executive of Delancey Estates. Jamie helped turn the Olympic Village into private housing- which was central in determining the success of the Olympic legacy (he is also a thoroughly nice chap too – as I have had the pleasure of meeting him).
7) Chris Grigg – Chief Executive, British Land. Chris is in charge of the Uk’s second largest property group, and recent purchaser of the Clarges Estate in Piccadilly W1.
8) Yin Yong – Director at Gingko Tree Investment Management. Gingko Tree have invested over £1bn in largely UK property, but this is only the tip of the iceberg as Yin Yong sits on the board of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, the body responsible for investing most of China’s £2.2bn foreign exchange reserves (the largest in the world).
9) Richard Dakin – Lloyds. Richard is the man running Lloyds corporate real estate business support unit, supporting property customers who are having financial difficulties.
10) John Burton – Director of Development at Westfield. Having taken retail experience in the UK to a new level in both east and west London, John is now responsible for the £1.4bn regeneration of Croydon town centre.
11) Sir Howard Bernstein – Chief Executive of Manchester City Council. Overseen much of Manchester’s regeneration in recent years, and is ambitious for native city to become the UK’s Silicon Valley, pushing the creative sectors, bio-tech and science as the city’s new frontiers.
12) Irvine Sellar – Seller Properties. Want your firm to sell £30-50m penthouses in the Shard? Well it was Mr Sellers company that developed one of London’s finest landmarks.
13) Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani – CEO of the Qatari Investment Authority. Well they own 80% of the Shard, 100% of Harrods, and the US Embassy in Mayfair, so need I say more?
14) Ian Hawksworth -Chief Executive, Capco. Ian is no fan of London’s “trophy towers”, but a prudent CEO who has sustained significant growth without taking on excessive debt.
15) Nick & Christian Candy- Developers. The siblings are behind a long list of major residential property schemes in London and are reportedly now worth over £1bn.
16) Hugh Grosvenor – Landowner. After the untimely death of his father last year, son Hugh Grosvenor became the 7th Duke of Westminster at age 25, inheriting his family’s impressive property portfolio – including 77 acres of Belgravia.
17) David & Simon Reuben – Property Developers. The Reuben brothers recently topped the Sunday Times Rich List with wealth estimated at over £13bn. Not surprising when you consider that last year they bought an NCP car park close to Green Park which is now expected to be turned into a £500 million luxury residential scheme.
18) Harry Handelsman- CEO of The Manhattan Loft Corporation. Departures magazine in the US once remarked “if there is a symbol of London’s Hotel boom, Harry Handelsman is it”, as he is the man behind the Chiltern Firehouse and the Renaissance Hotel at St Pancras, and is well known for spotting potential.
19) Anne Kavenagh – Global Head of Asset Management, Axa Real Estate. Anne has 45bn euros of assets under management globally, and is considered by many to be one of the most influential women in property.
20) Liew Kee Sin – Head of Malaysian consortium SP Setia. Most notable for his £400m acquisition of Battersea Power Station in London in 2012, Mr Sin was one of the reasons why half of all Asian investment coming into the UK last year, came from Malaysia.
The author and compiler of this article is Peter Nicholls CEO of Ideology Consulting. For more information go to www.ideologyconsulting.co.uk .