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 400 corporate employees and 2,000 operating associates as well as assets under management of over $17 billion, including over 69 million sq. ft. of office, retail and industrial properties and 20,000 multifamily units. 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.
Since 2010, Kennedy Wilson has been one of the most active global investors in real estate with over $13 billion of purchases. During the same period, the company has raised approximately $10 billion of equity for Kennedy Wilson and its joint venture investments.
Kennedy Wilson Europe was established in 2011 and now has offices in Dublin, London, Spain, and Jersey employing a team of over 60 professionals. In December 2013, the company acquired an interest in a Spanish property management and loan servicing business with 260 employees and €20 billion of assets under management.
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 approximately $5 billion of assets in Ireland and the U.K.
In early 2014, Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc was established and listed on the London Stock Exchange. The $1.7 billion IPO represents the largest real estate vehicle listing since the economic downturn and the second largest real estate IPO in the history of the London Stock Exchange.
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.
Mr. McMorrow attended Loyola High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and MBA from the University of Southern California. He serves on the Executive Board of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and is involved in numerous Southern California charities, including Chrysalis, which honored him with the Spirit of Chrysalis Award in 2005, the Rape Treatment Center, USC, Windward High School, the Village School and Loyola High School, which honored him with the Cahalan Award for Distinguished Alumni in 2010. In 2014, he was honored by City of Hope at their Spirit of Life Celebration. Additionally, Mr. McMorrow is a member of the Loyola High School Board of Regents and a Trustee at Windward School. Recently, he endowed the William J. McMorrow Global Real Estate Program at the USC Marshall School of Business.