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Howard Michaels, 1955-2018; Carlton Group Founder

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 23 for Howard Michaels, who died Sept. 21 after battling gastric cancer. The Carlton Group founder and chairman was 62.

Michaels began in sales at his father’s carpet store on Long Island. He built Carlton Group into one of the premier real estate private equity firms, which has completed over $140 billion in transactions since he founded it in 1991.

Although Michaels relished the opportunity to tackle complex deals and arrange capital for high-profile transactions, he was first and foremost a family man. He is survived by his wife Jennifer Bayer Michaels, his daughters Alexandra and Reese, and his sons David, Josh and Sam.

Donations in Michael’s’ honor can be made to the Jennifer and Howard Michaels Foundation, 560 Lexington Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10022.  The donations will be designated for gastric cancer research.


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