Kennedy Wilson has a heritage dating back to 1977 in Santa Monica, CA. Some of the highlights in the company's history include:
1977 - Kennedy Wilson founded as a real estate auction company.
1988 - Company purchased by William McMorrow and partners. Auction marketing evolves into a global business with high-end property sales. Company has 11 employees in one office.
1992 - Company goes public on Nasdaq.
1993 - Kennedy Wilson makes first commercial acquisition, 520 Broadway in Santa Monica, CA.
1994 - Kennedy Wilson Japan office opens.
1995 - Commercial brokerage business launches with a focus on high value properties.
1998-1999 - Kennedy Wilson acquires Heitman Properties, Ltd. and six other real estate service companies to provide property management, leasing and construction management. Company also launches acquisition platform in Japan by acquiring Kawasaki Tech Center.
1999 - Fund management business launched.
2000 - Company launches multifamily value-added investment program.
2002 – IPO of Kennedy Wilson Japan completed. Lists on Tokyo Stock Exchange.
2009 - Kennedy-Wilson Holdings (NYSE:KW) goes public and raises $110 million of equity. Market cap is $400 million.
2011 - Kennedy Wilson Europe established when company acquires Bank of Ireland Real Estate Investment Management. Company sources and participates in the $1.5 billion recapitalization of Bank of Ireland. Company completes purchase of $1.8 billion UK loan portfolio, its first acquisition in Europe.
2012 - Company purchases the Alliance multifamily building, its first real estate purchase in Ireland. Kennedy Wilson acquires Meyers Research LLC, a premier consulting practice and the industry’s leading provider of data and analytics for residential real estate development and new home construction. Since going public, Kennedy Wilson and its partners complete over $10 billion in acquisitions.
2014 – Kennedy Wilson launches the £1 billion ($1.7 billion) IPO of Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc (LSE:KWE), the second largest real estate IPO in the history of the London Stock Exchange.
2015 - Kennedy Wilson establishes new headquarters at 151 S. El Camino Dr. in Beverly Hills, CA with 500 corporate employees and 5,000 operating employees in 25 offices worldwide. Company’s global multifamily portfolio surpasses 25,000 units. Combined market cap of KWH and KWE is $5.5 billion.