Sterling Equities in Great Neck, New York, is a diversified, family-run group of companies whose portfolio consists primarily of holdings in real estate, sports, and media in the New York area. These include the New York Mets, the Brooklyn Cyclones, SportsNet New York, Sterling Project Development, and a number of real estate investment portfolios and real estate services businesses.
|Industry||real estate, sports, and media|
|Founders||Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz|
|Fred Wilpon (Chairman) and Saul Katz (President)|
Holdings and historyEdit
Sterling Equities is a diversified, family-run group of companies whose portfolio consists primarily of holdings in real estate, sports, and media in the New York area. These include the New York Mets (an interest was acquired in 1980, and it became full owner in 2002), the Brooklyn Cyclones, SportsNet New York (a regional sports tv network it formed in 2005), Sterling Project Development, and a number of real estate investment portfolios and real estate services businesses (it has developed nearly 25 million square feet of commercial property).
It was founded in 1972 by Fred Wilpon (Chairman) and Saul Katz (President), Wilpon's brother-in-law.  It has developed a number of properties, including the tower at 450 Lexington Avenue. It built Citi Field $40 million under budget, and took over development of a Willets Point project. It was embroiled in the Bernie Madoff scandal, and in 2012 settled a lawsuit by trustee Irving Picard that alleged that it invested in Madoff's Ponzi scheme even though it knew the returns were fraudulent. In February of that year it also asked the US Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that approved the way Picard decided who can get money from a special fund set up for Madoff investors.
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