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A fashion designer just sold a Beach hotel for $103M — almost double what he got it for

The entrance of the Raleigh Hotel, which Tommy Hilfiger sold for $103 million Wednesday to a group of investors from Germany, New York and Turkey.
The entrance of the Raleigh Hotel, which Tommy Hilfiger sold for $103 million Wednesday to a group of investors from Germany, New York and Turkey. MIAMI HERALD ARCHIVES 2012

Tommy Hilfiger sold The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach for $103 million Wednesday to a group of investors from Germany, New York and Turkey.

Hilfiger first purchased the 1947 beachfront property on Collins Avenue and 18th Street for $56.5 million in 2014 with hopes of renovating it. After Hurricane Irma, the Raleigh closed, but its owners said renovations would begin in spring 2018 on the 105-room hotel.

“While we’ve been working tirelessly to restore and reopen the Raleigh, this was an offer we just could not refuse,” Hilfiger said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.

The Raleigh’s new owners are Deutsche Finance America, Turkish investment firm Bilgili Holding and New York City based development firm SHVO.

“We are thrilled about the next chapter of the Raleigh’s history — as a nostalgic icon and a symbol of twenty-first century style and luxury,” said Michael Shvo, chairman and founder of SHVO.

Taylor Dolven covers the tourism industry at the Miami Herald, where she aims to tell stories about the people who work in tourism and the people who enjoy it. Previously, she worked at Vice News in Brooklyn, NY, where she won a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of NY for a national investigation of police shootings.
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