Scandal-tainted Daniel Och’s four-bedroom New York penthouse sold for $190 million

In one of the most expensive sales in New York real estate history, a four-bedroom penthouse overlooking Central Park was purchased for $190 million, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

US billionaire seller Daniel Ochs bought the apartment just two years ago at half price for $93 million, according to the newspaper.

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The 9,800-square-foot (900-square-meter) condo, located at 220 Central Park South in the heart of Manhattan, was one of the most expensive sales ever in New York, according to the magazine.

The newspaper said it went to an anonymous buyer.

A different unit in the same skyscraper was purchased in 2019 by US hedge fund manager Ken Griffin for $238 million — the highest ever paid for a private home in the United States, according to the newspaper.

Ochs, 61, has a net worth of $4.1 billion, according to Forbes.

He founded the New York-based investment firm Och-Ziff Capital Management, which in September 2019 changed its name to Sculptor after a bribery scandal directly implicated Och.

The company, which managed $37.5 billion as of last year, paid $413 million in 2016 to settle accusations of bribery against officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and other African countries.

Och was personally involved in bribery, according to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, allowing two corrupt deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

When Och bought the penthouse in Central Park in 2019, he had already changed his residence status for tax reasons to Florida, but planned to use his New York apartment as his land, the newspaper reported.

Och still owns another luxury apartment around the corner, which he listed for $57.5 million in 2019, according to the newspaper, but he removed the listing five months ago.

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