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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 - William McMorrow and partners purchase Kennedy Wilson. Auction marketing evolves into a global business with high-end property sales.
 
1994 - Kennedy Wilson Japan office opens.
 
1995 - Commercial brokerage business launches 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. 
 
2000 - Company launches multifamily value-added investment program. 
 
2002 – Completes IPO of Kennedy Wilson Japan. Lists on Tokyo Stock Exchange.
 
2005 - Kennedy Wilson establishes multifamily acquisition platform in Japan.
 
2009 - Kennedy-Wilson Holdings (NYSE:KW) goes public and raises $110 million of equity. 
 
2010 - Fairfax Financial makes significant investment in Kennedy Wilson and commits to future joint venture investments. Company closes over $2.0 billion of real estate transactions.
 
2011 - Kennedy Wilson acquires Bank of Ireland Real Estate Investment Management, establishing Kennedy Wilson Europe. 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. 
 
2013 – 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. KWE also completes a £352 million ($565 million) secondary offering. The Company’s global multifamily portfolio surpasses 20,000 units.