Zaha Hadid

Kushner's White House role 'crushed' efforts to woo investors for NYC tower

Kushner's White House role 'crushed' efforts to woo investors for NYC tower

Jared Kushner and his family company seemed close to striking a deal in 2016 to transform their aging, money-losing 41-story Manhattan office tower into a new and profitable Fifth Avenue skyscraper twice as tall.

A team led by Kushner and his father, Charles, courted global investors and prospective tenants.

Then Donald Trump became president and Kushner became his father-in-law's senior White House adviser. Problems ensued.

Kushner met in December with a Russian banker, leading to questions about whether he was mixing his role in the coming Trump administration with his business. A Chinese insurance fund and a former Qatari foreign minister backed away from a...

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