Michael D. Fascitelli

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Michael D. Fascitelli

Michael D. Fascitelli (born c. 1957) is an American businessman. He is a member of the Vornado Realty Trust board of trustees and former CEO and president of the company before stepping down from day-to-day responsibilities on February 26, 2013.[1] He is a co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks,[2] and in 2017 founded a $500 million SPAC, Landscape Acquisitions, with Noam Gottesman where they both serve as co-chairman.[3] Since stepping back from day-to-day responsibilities at Vornado, Fascitelli has formed MDF Capital, a family-office investment firm, Landscape Acquisitions, a hospitality and real estate focused SPAC, and Imperial Companies. He serves on the board of real estate technology startup, Cadre[4]


Fascitelli is a member of the Class of 1978 of the University of Rhode Island where he received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Summa Cum Laude. He also received his MBA in 1982 with highest distinctions from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.[5] In May 2008, he received his Doctor of Laws from the University of Rhode Island.[6]


After graduating from URI, Fascitelli joined the Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1978 as an engineer and manufacturing supervisor. Subsequent to graduating from Harvard Business School in 1982, Fascitelli joined McKinsey & Company, a management-consulting firm.[5]

In 1985, he joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Real Estate Department.[7] He became partner in 1992 and was head of the real estate investment banking business.[8] He also served on the Investment Committee for the Real Estate Funds. In December 1996, he became President of Vornado Realty Trust. He subsequently became Chief Executive Officer of Vornado in May 2009.[6] During Fascitelli's 16-year tenure at Vornado (four as CEO), the company expanded and made several acquisitions, including buying Merchandise Mart building in Chicago and numerous office buildings surrounding Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.[9] Under Fascitelli, Vornado also developed the Bloomberg L.P. headquarters in Manhattan.[10][7] In 2012, Fascitelli was the 3rd highest paid CEO in the country earning $64.4 million.

Fascitelli also currently serves as the Head of the Investment Committee for the real estate technology startup, Cadre, in which he was an angel investor. The company was founded by Jared and Josh Kushner, along with CEO Ryan Williams and has been backed by George Soros, Jack Ma, Peter Thiel and other high-profile investors.[11]

Fascitelli is a Trustee and Director of the Urban Land Institute. He is past Chairman of the Wharton Real Estate Center and still serves on the Executive Committee. He serves on the Board of the Child Mind Institute, The Rockefeller University Board of Trustees, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Cadre, Harvard Business School, and St. Bernard's Board of Trustees. He is an officer and a member of the Executive Board for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.[12] Fascitelli also serves on the Real Estate Round Table Board of Directors.[13] Additionally, he serves on both the Harvard Business School Board of Overseers and the URI Foundation Board.[14]

In 2015, Fascitelli was nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve a six-year term on the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.[2]

Charitable work and political contributions

Fascitelli was the recipient of the 2012 Child Advocacy Award for his transformative philanthropic contributions to the cause of children's mental health and the establishment of the Child Mind Institute.[15]

From the Greater New York Councils Boy Scouts of America he received the Good Scout Award and the James E. West Fellowship Award in 1997 and he received the Silver Beaver Award in 2003.[16] Fascitelli was one of the recipients of CPE's Executive of the Year award in November 2012.[17] He was also the recipient of the Best Present Award in January 2013.[18] In 2008, he received the Business Statesman of the Year award from The Harvard Business School Club of New York.[19]

Fascitelli is a large donor to Republican campaigns. In 2016, he fundraised and gave thousands to Donald Trump.[20][21]

Personal life

Fascitelli is married to Elizabeth Fascitelli (née Cogan), a partner at Goldman Sachs, and has three sons Nick, 24, Matthew, 23, and Jack, 20.[22]


  1. ^ "Michael D. Fascitelli to Step Down as Vornado's Chief Executive Officer;Steven Roth, the Company's Chairman, Appointed as Chief Executive Officer" (Press release). Vornado Realty Trust. February 27, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Andrew Tangel (June 3, 2015). "Two Prominent Figures Tapped for Port Authority Board Spots". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/print-edition/2015/09/18/what-mike-fascitelli-said-about-arena-construction.html
  4. ^ https://techcrunch.com/2015/03/24/cadre/
  5. ^ a b "Michael D. Fascitelli Executive Profile". Forbes.com. Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  6. ^ a b "Executive Management". Vornado Realty Trust. Archived from the original on 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
  7. ^ a b "Michael D. Fascitelli Profile". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  8. ^ Eliot Brown (February 27, 2013). "Vornado CEO Fascitelli Stepping Down". Wall Street Journal.
  9. ^ "Merchandise Mart, Chicago". Emporis. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  10. ^ "Top Projects Completed 2003-2004". McGraw Hill Construction. July 18, 2011.
  11. ^ https://therealdeal.com/new-research/topics/company/imperial-companies/
  12. ^ "NARIET NAMES 2012 LEADERSHIP TEAM" (PDF) (Press release). REIT. November 7, 2011.
  13. ^ "FY2012 Board of Directors". The Real Estate Roundtable. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  14. ^ "Naming Request - Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center" (PDF) (Press release). University of Rhode Island. August 2, 2011.
  15. ^ "Child Mind Institute Raises Over $6.4 million at Child Advocacy Award Dinner" (Press release). Child Mind Institute. December 14, 2012. Archived from the original on January 3, 2014.
  16. ^ "Executive Management". SNL Financial.
  17. ^ "Gray Tops Executive of the Year Awards — Again". Corporate Property Executive. November 28, 2012.
  18. ^ Lois Weiss (January 2, 2013). "From Barclays Center to Sandy, a year of extremes". New York Post.
  19. ^ "HBSCNY Annual Event: 2008 Leadership Dinner". HBSCNY.org.
  20. ^ LANKTREE, GRAHAM (December 17, 2017). "Donald Trump's New York Real Estate Friends Love His Tax Bill—It Will Make Them Even Richer". Newsweek. Washington DC. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  21. ^ Zachary Mider, Jennifer Jacobs, and Bill Allison (June 8, 2016). "Trump Seeks Campaign Cash from New York Real-Estate Buddies". Newsweek. Washington DC. Retrieved December 17, 2017.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  22. ^ Douglas A. McIntyre. "America's 10 highest-paid CEOs (and are they worth it?)". NBCNews.com.
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