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Peter L. Malkin is an American real estate investor and Chairman Emeritus of Empire State Realty Trust and Malkin Holdings.


In 1958, he joined the law firm of his father-in-law Lawrence Wien as a partner (renamed Wien & Malkin LLP). His father-in-law had pioneered the concept of real estate syndicates in 1930s making the direct ownership of income property accessible to groups of individual investors for the first time.


Graduate cum laude, Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School, 1951. AB summa cum laude, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1955. Bachelor of Laws magna cum laude, Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, 1958.


Worked at Wien & Malkin, LLP. Admitted to the bar, 1958, New York. 1976, Connecticut; 1977, Florida.

Phi Beta Kappa. Harvard College Board of Overseers, 1989-1995. Vice President, Harvard Law School Association of New York City, 1973-1974. Chairman, Harvard Law School Fund, Scholarship and Major Gifts Committees, 1972-1976.

Member, Dean's Council, Harvard Law School. Member, Overseers' Committee on University Resources (Executive Committee), 1985—. Member, Overseers' Committees to visit Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1976-1982, 1983-1989, 1990— and Harvard Law School, 1977-1983.

Elected Director, Harvard Alumni Association, 1980-1983. Founding Chairman, Grand Central Partnership, 1985— and 34th Street Partnership, 1991—. Member of Board and of Executive Committee, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., 1979—.

Director: Realty Foundation of New York, 1985—. United States. Trust Corporation, 1992—. New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, 1992—.

Member: National Realty Committee, 1991—. New York City Partnership, 1992. Governor, Real Estate Board of New York.

Member: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Connecticut and American Bar Associations. The Florida Bar.


  • Malkin is the Founding Chairman of the Grand Central Partnership, Inc. and of the 34th Street Partnership, Inc. And a Founder and Director of The Fashion Center Business Improvement District. Malkin is Co-Chair of the Real Estate and Construction Council of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Co-Chairman Emeritus of the Real Estate Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chairman of the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Co-Founder and Honorary Co-Chair of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, a Director Emeritus of U.S. Trust Corporation, a member of the Board of Advisors for Bank of America Global Wealth Investment Management, a Vice President and Director of the Realty Foundation of New York and a Partner in the New York City Partnership, a Governor Emeritus of the Real Estate Board of New York, a former member of the Mayor’s Business Advisory Committee during the administration of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and former member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard College and Chairman of the Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    In 2012, he was awarded the Jack D. Weiler Award by the United Jewish Appeal of New York.


Member Bank America Global Wealth Investment Management Advisory Board, Chairman Metropolitan Aircraft Noise Mitigation Commission, since 1990. Vice-chairman Harvard Law School Fund, 1967-1971, chairman national scholarship committee, 1975-1976, chairman New York City committee, 1981-1983. Founder, board director Urban League Southwestern Fairfield County, 1969-1973, treasurer, 1969-1971.

Board director, executive committee Lincoln Center Performing Arts, since 1979. Board director Institute International Education, 1983-1989, honorary since 1994. Board director, vice-chairman Greenwich Center Arts, 2004-2009.

Member advisory board Connecticut Trust History Preservation, since 2007. Trustee National Trust History Preservation, 1988-1991, advisory council, since 1997, trustee emeritus, since 2005. Founding chairman Greenwich Green & Clean, Inc., since 1986, Greenwich Adopt-A-Road, since 1996.

Founding president Greenwich Tree Conservancy, since 2006. Chairman, co-founder Merritt Parkway Conservancy, since 2002. Vice president, executive committee Greenwich chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1967-1969.

Trustee Citizens Budget Commission, New York City, 1971-1991, Jewish Communal Fund, New York, 1976-1981. Dean's council, Harvard University, 1987-1995. Chairman capital campaign and chairman dean's council Harvard Kennedy School Government, since 1995, overseers committee to visit Harvard Kennedy School Government, 1976-1982, 83-89, 90—, to visit Harvard Law School 1977-1983.

Executive committee Program Center Jewish Studies, 1974-1980. Board overseers Harvard College, 1989-1995, overseers committee university resources, since 1972, executive committee, since 1985. Dean's advisory committee Harvard Law School, 1988-1990.

Elected director Harvard Alumni Association, 1981-1983. Chairman schools and scholarship committee Harvard College, Greenwich, 1973-1979. Executive committee Association Better New York, since 1972.

Founding chairman New York leadership committee Harvard College Fund. Member Harvard Law School Association New York City (trustee 1968-1970, vice president 1973-1974), Association Bar City New York, Century Association, Links New York, The Hasty Pudding Institute 1770, AD Honorary, Harvard Varsity Club (Cambridge), Harvard Club New York City (board managers 1979-1981), Harvard Club (Fairfeld County, Connecticut, vice president 1974-1975, board directors 1976-1980), Bailwick Club (honorary life, founding president), Blind Brook Club, Connecticut Golf Club, Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Isabel L. Wien, July 10, 1955. Children: Scott David, Cynthia Allison, Anthony Edward.

Samuel Malkin

Gertrude (Greenberger) Malkin

Isabel L. Wien

Scott David Malkin

Cynthia Allison Malkin

Anthony Edward Malkin