Kennedy Wilson Holdings
William McMorrow is Chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson, which he purchased in 1988. Beginning with just one office and eleven employees, today Kennedy Wilson has 25 offices in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Spain, Jersey and Japan with 500 corporate employees and 5,000 operating employees as well as assets under management of $18 billion, including over 50 million sq. ft. of office, retail and industrial properties. In November of 2009, the company went public and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Kennedy Wilson Japan went public in 2002 and is currently listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Kennedy Wilson Europe was established in 2011 and now has offices in Dublin, London, Madrid and Jersey. One of the earliest investors in Ireland, Kennedy Wilson has quickly become one of the top commercial property owners in the country. In 2011, the company served as the catalyst and lead investor in the recapitalization of the Bank of Ireland. Kennedy Wilson today has more than $8 billion of assets in Europe.
Numerous publications have profiled Kennedy Wilson and Mr. McMorrow, including the New York Times, Irish Times, Estates Gazette, Los Angeles Business Journal and PERE. In 2012, Real Estate Forum magazine selected Mr. McMorrow as one of Southern California's Real Estate Icons. In 2015, he was honored by the Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the United States (ICCUSA) with the Sir Michael Smurfit Business Achievement Award for his years of leadership and his contributions to Ireland. In 2016, he was chosen as a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.