Mexico’s richest man offers $80M for NYC’s largest townhouse to live comfortably and charity.
According to StreetEasy, Carlos Slim, the richest man in Mexico and the erstwhile richest man in the world, has relisted his opulent townhouse in New York City for $80 mιllιon.
The 20,000 square foot Upper East Side property at 1009 Fifth Avenue was listed at the same price in 2015 by Slim, also known as Carlos Slim Hel. That $80 mιllιon asking price was a city record at the time, according to StreetEasy data.
The townhouse would set a New York City record if it sells for eight figures. StreetEasy statistics shows Vincent Viola’s 2021 sale of 12 E. 69th St. for $59 mιllιon as the record.
For New York, it’s huge. StreetEasy also lists it as the largest townhouse for sale in the boroughs.
Slim, worth $90.7 billion, bought the limestone and red-brick property from late Russian oil magnate Tamir Sapir in 2010 for $44 mιllιon.
It was designed by Welch, Smith & Provot in the Italian Renaissance Palazzo style and built between 1899 and 1901. The listing calls it one of the remaining private Fifth Avenue homes facing Central Park.
There are marble fireplaces, intricate moldings, a stately staircase with five levels, and a skylight on the top floor. They extend along Fifth Avenue for 27 feet and 82nd Street for 100 feet.
Given its prominent location across from the Met Museum, the building can be reimagined as a private residence or converted into a gallery, store, museum, or foundation, according to the listing.
The Slim family controls América Móvil, the largest mobile communications company in Latin America. Son of Catholic Lebanese immigrants to Mexico, he is self-made. The National Autonomous University of Mexico (known by its Spanish abbreviation UNAM) School of Engineering is where he studied Civil Engineering.