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Our History

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 - Kennedy Wilson purchased by William McMorrow and partners. Auction marketing evolves into a global business with high-end property sales.

1994 - Kennedy Wilson Japan office opens.

1995 - Commercial brokerage business launched with a focus on high value properties.

1998 - Kennedy Wilson acquires Heitman Properties, Ltd., a full service property management, leasing and construction management company. Company also launches acquisition platform in Japan by acquiring Kawasaki Tech Center in almost $100 million transaction. Colony Capital invests $126 million in Kennedy Wilson and Kennedy Wilson Japan.

2000 - Company launches multifamily value-added investment fund program. Company completes approximately $600 million of real estate and note portfolio acquisitions.

2002 - IPO of Kennedy Wilson Japan completed. Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange.

2005 - Kennedy Wilson established multifamily acquisition platform in Japan.

2009 - Kennedy Wilson completes merger with Prospect Acquisition Corp. New entity Kennedy-Wilson Holdings raises $110 million of equity. Siguler Guff forms $108 million joint venture with Kennedy Wilson.

2010 - Kennedy Wilson lists on NYSE. Fairfax Financial invests $132 million in Kennedy Wilson and commits another $278 million for joint venture investments. Kennedy Wilson added to the Russell 2000 Index. Company closes $2.025 billion of real estate transactions.

2011 - Kennedy Wilson acquires Bank of Ireland Real Estate Investment Management (BOI REIM), establishing Kennedy Wilson Europe.