Simon Ziff

Simon Ziff - Alumni Story

Simon Ziff ‘91 Schack Institute of Real Estate MS, Real Estate

Simon Ziff serves as president of Ackman-Ziff, a position he assumed in 1995. Since joining the firm as an analyst in 1989, Simon has overseen the arrangement of $50+ billion of debt, mezzanine, and equity financings for some of the nation’s foremost real estate developers and owners while simultaneously solidifying the firm’s relationships with key capital sources. He engineered the firm’s collaborative culture – a magnet for financial talent – and directed Ackman-Ziff’s evolution as an industry thought-leader with over 60 professionals on the team.
Simon received a B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University. He has been recognized on multiple occasions by Penn State, NYU, and the Real Estate Board of New York, including being awarded REBNY’s first “Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year” Award”, receiving the “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year” award six times, and winning the prestigious Louis Smadbeck award.

Simon has also been active in leadership roles of many not-for-profit organizations.