In 1979, after graduating from New York University’s School of Business and Public Administration with a Bachelor of Science Degree, William Rudin joined the family real estate business, which had been started by his grandfather Samuel Rudin in 1925. In December 1993 Bill was appointed President of Rudin Management Company, Inc.
Bill worked closely with his father Lewis and Uncle Jack as well as his cousins and sister and the dedicated professionals at Rudin Management to manage the Rudin portfolio of 16 office towers comprising more than 10 million square feet of space and 20 luxury apartment buildings. Bill has been intimately involved with every major development that the Rudin family has built since 1979, including 560 Lexington Avenue, a 350,000 sq. ft. office building, built in 1980 as a joint venture with Munich Reinsurance; 40 East 52nd Street; The Blackrock Building a 400,000 sq. ft building built in 1986; 1675 Broadway a 780,000 sq. ft. building, built in 1989; 3 Times Square, a joint venture with Reuters America; 32 Avenue of the Americas, the AT& T building, a 1,150,000 sq. ft. building.
Bill has put his own personal mark on the family business by giving new life to their existing properties, through converting them into technology smart buildings, and helped lead the turn around of Lower Manhattan. In 1995, after remaining vacant for five years, 55 Broad Street (www.55broadst.com) became the first building to bring broadband connectivity to each and every floor. With this innovative concept, and with the creation of a community for the new media and technology industries, 55 Broad Street was leased in 18 months and led to the turn around of Lower Manhattan. Other recent Rudin projects include developing the new North American headquarters for Reuters @ 3 Times Square, a 750,000 square foot, state of the art, environmentally friendly office building, as well as the conversion of the former AT & T headquarters @ 32 Avenue of the Americas, to a telecommunications and media center.
Carrying on the Rudin family tradition of hands on personal management, Bill has not only embraced his family responsibilities, but like his grandfather, father and uncle, he has been actively involved in New York City’s political, civic and philanthropic life. Bill serves as Chairman of The Association for a Better New York (ABNY), an organization co-founded by his father over thirty years ago. ABNY is a coalition of business, labor and political leaders that was created in the 70’s to help make New York City a better place to live, work and visit.
Bill serves as Chairman of The Battery Conservancy, and is a Board Member of The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, Mayor Bloomberg’s Commission on Economic Opportunity, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York University, The New York Center for Autism, The Real Estate Board of New York and The Alliance for Downtown New York and the Real Estate Roundtable. Bill is also a member of The Counsel of Foreign Relations, and a member of The New York City Marathon Committee and the JP Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank’s Regional Advisory Board.
In addition to lecturing at various educational institutions and real estate industry functions, Bill has been a guest on CNBC, Reuters TV and Bloomberg Radio, as well as frequently quoted in the New York Times, New York Post, Crain’s New York Business and the Wall Street Journal on topics including real estate and issues that impact New York City.
Bill resides in Manhattan with his wife Ophelia. They have two children, Samantha and Michael. [+]
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