The real estate icon behind recognizable Manhattan projects including the eponymous Solow Building at 9 West 57th Street died on Nov. 17.

Billionaire developer Sheldon Solow, the man behind recognizable Manhattan projects such as the eponymous Solow Building at 9 West 57th St., died Nov. 17. He was 92. Solow’s residential holdings included One and Two Sutton Place North and the Solow Townhouses, according to his company website.

The Solow Building, with a glass concave edifice and unobstructed views of Central Park, is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city. Standing at nearly 700 feet tall, it’s also one of the 100-tallest buildings in New York City.

Solow was also behind the attempted development of the largest underdeveloped, privately owned plot of land in Manhattan, according to an obituary in the New York Times. The late developer had plans to turn the 9.2-acre plot south of the U.N. building — the site of a former power plant — into seven towers.

The $4 billion project was still in the approval phase and remained undeveloped at the time of his death.

Solow began his career by developing a rental unit in Far Rockaway, before moving onto residential development in Long Island in the 1960s, according to Bloomberg

In September of this year, Forbes pegged Solow’s net worth at approximately $4.4 billion, making him the 167th wealthiest American.

Stefan Soloviev, Solow’s son who goes by an older spelling of the family name, too served as the executive vice president of Solow Building Company, under his father, and was in line to take over the company after spending more than two decades working at the firm.

Email Patrick Kearns

Show Comments Hide Comments


Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Only 3 days left to register for Inman Connect Las Vegas before prices go up! Don't miss the premier event for real estate pros.Register Now ×
Limited Time Offer: Get 1 year of Inman Select for $199SUBSCRIBE×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription