Ravi Mehta, Indian-origin hedge fund boss, breaks rental record in UK
Ravi Mehta who founded Steadview Capital Management — an India focussed hedge fund company is reportedly paying 250 pounds per square foot as rental for his company's head office at Berkeley Square, London.
Ravi Mehta, an Indian origin hedge fund boss, has broken a property market record in the UK for the highest office space rent. Mehta, who is married to Bollywood actress and model Nicolette Bird, reportedly agreed to pay a premium because the company did not need the full floor space on offer. Mehta is reportedly all set to pay 250 Pounds/sq ft, well above the previous high of 190 pounds a square foot rent. The founder and MD of the India-focussed hedge fund Steadview Capital Management is shifting the headquarters of his company to Berkeley Square in Mayfair in London. Berkeley Square is one of the most sought-after buildings in central London that is the home of many fund management companies.
"It's such a special building. I think clearly when there's someone out there that wants something so much they will pay what they need to get it," a source close to the deal told 'The Times'.
Steadview Capital Management was founded by Ravi Mehta in 2009. In the last 10 years it has grown to $2.5 billion in assets under management and employs around 10 people, investing in listed and private companies for a group of institutional investors, family offices and pension funds. Originally from New York, the 37-year-old founder graduated from Harvard and was an analyst at the investment bank Morgan Stanley and hedge fund Maverick Capital.
Ravi Mehta with wife Nocolette Bird: Photo Courtesy Instagram
According to UK media reports, his letting at Berkeley Square eclipses the record office rent paid in New York by the US hedge fund Citadel, which rents an office in Park Avenue for the equivalent of 230 pounds a square foot. The only city in the world with higher office rent is Hong Kong, where leading companies pay a rent of an estimated 262 pound per sq ft.
"The record 250 pounds per sq ft rent achieved in the West End comes as no surprise and underscores the depth of demand and the commitment global businesses are willing to make to London, Brexit or not," said Faisal Durrani of leading London estate agents Knight Frank.
Berkeley Square and the wider Mayfair area contains some of London's most expensive boutiques and restaurants. Visitors to Steadview's new London headquarters, to be spread across around 2,700 sq ft, will walk through the reception of the famous Phillips art and design auction house.
(With inputs from PTI)