By Holly Dutton
Like a lot of people in the industry, investment sales specialist David Robinov got his earliest lessons in real estate through playing Monopoly as a kid.
But Robinov’s father, Gil Robinov, a commercial leasing broker, took it to the next level.
“If he landed on one of your properties, he would say ‘I don’t owe you any money, because I actually own the land underneath it, it’s a ground lease,’” said Robinov.
“If you were running low on money, instead of just wiping you out, he would create a joint venture where he’d let you stay in business, but you had to give him all your money. He’d sort of keep you alive like a JV partner, where you were the poor developer and he was the one with all the money, and he was sort of in partnership with you.”
Gil Robinov is executive managing director of an international advisory group at Murray Hill Properties, where he works with global clients and specializes in buying office space and buildings around the United Nations in Midtown East.