At this point, it’s safe to say that billionaire Ken Griffin likes to set records. Early in the new year, Griffin completed one of the priciest deals in London’s history with his acquisition of a $122 million mansion—previously owned by Charles de Gaulle—that’s located near Buckingham Palace. Not to be outdone across the pond, the hedge fund founder bought several floors of a Chicago condominium for $58.75 million, setting a record for the most expensive home ever bought in the Windy City. Before that, in 2015, Griffin purchased a penthouse in Miami Beach’s Faena House for $60 million, a price tag that was higher than any previous Miami condo ever sold. And just today, The Wall Street Journal reported that he purchased a New York penthouse for approximately $238 million, a deal that sets the record for the highest-priced home ever sold in the U.S.
The purchase is a roughly 24,000-square-foot unit within 220 Central Park South, a high-rise that’s currently under construction. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the building has been attracting sky-high deals, along with celebrities such as Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler.
While the $238 million price tag is staggering, it pales in comparison with the amount Griffin paid for two paintings, one by Jackson Pollock and the other by Willem de Kooning. In 2016, the billionaire spent a total of $500 million ($200 million for the Pollock and $300 for the de Kooning) for a pair of works by the famous abstract expressionist artists.