John Grayken

About John Grayken

Birth Year: 1956
Birth Place: London, United Kingdom, Ireland
Residence: Pyrford Court, Surrey, England
Alma mater: University of Pennsylvania Harvard Business School
Occupation: Founder and chairman, Lone Star Funds
Board member of: Lone Star Funds, Hudson Partners
Spouse(s): Eilene Davidson
Children: 4

John Grayken

John Grayken was born on 1956 in London, United Kingdom, Ireland. John Grayken is the founder and sole owner of Lone Star Funds, a private equity firm that manages some $70 billion and focuses on distressed assets, often linked to real estate. He has raised 17 funds since 1995 that have produced annual returns of about 20% net of fees. In 2016, Grayken raised $11.4 billion for two new funds that blew past their fundraising goals. Raised in a suburb south of Boston, Grayken renounced his U.S. citizenship for tax purposes in the 1990s and took Irish citizenship. He bought Boston's most expensive condo for $33 million in 2016, but spends most of his time in London. His firm is headquartered in New York. Exceptionally secretive, Grayken specializes in buying distressed real estate assets all over the world, from the U.S. to Europe and Asia, wherever there is an economic downturn or crisis. The assets Lone Star buys are managed by Hudson Advisors, a firm with 850 employees and based in Dallas that Grayken also owns.
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John Patrick Grayken was born in June 1956, and was brought up in Cohasset, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He received a BA degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1982.


In 1999, Grayken became an Irish citizen, "for tax purposes", renouncing his American citizenship.


As of 2015, they owned Pyrford Court, Surrey, which features prominently in the 1976 movie, The Omen. Pyrford Court is a Grade II listed 15-bedroom house, built in 1910 for Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh. As of 2017, they live in a $70 million home in Chelsea, London, purchased through a company in Bermuda.


In April 2017, John P. Grayken gave a leadership gift to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to fund the Grayken Program in International Real Estate at the Wharton School.

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