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The Largest Commercial Real Estate Owners

Commercial real estate (CRE) is a multi-billion dollar industry. On the whole, there are a handful of companies across the globe own and manage hundreds of millions of square feet of commercial real estate. These assets include office buildings, hotels, retailers, warehouses, medical offices, strip malls, restaurants, gas stations, and other non-residential properties. In this article, we introduce some of the world’s largest commercial real estate owners. Also, we present a table detailing each company’s holdings.

The Largest Commercial Real Estate Companies

One of the major keys to a successful commercial real estate investment is an attentive real estate operation. If an ownership group isn’t attentive to tenants’ needs, the property could suffer.

At the same time, size can be detrimental to quality management. For example, as a group’s portfolio size increases, a building’s tenant gets a smaller percentage of the owner’s attention.

On top of that, the largest commercial real estate companies also need solid financial backing. What’s more, a successful commercial real estate group needs ‘ear-to-the-ground’ people, brokers who know the lay of the land. By having people onboard who are tuned in to the commercial real estate markets, a firm can more easily facilitate deals.

Also, these top commercial real estate companies know how to build on success. For example, one great investment doesn’t make a successful firm. However, putting together a string of good deals and smart investments does lead to success. Also, these companies have the ability to learn from failures while repeating past accomplishments.

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The Blackstone Group

Founded almost 40 years ago, The Blackstone Group is now the United States’ largest office property owner. In fact, Blackstone has a portfolio with over 150M SF of office space. One of Blackstone’s more iconic properties is Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower (formerly the former Sears Tower). Furthermore, the group owns more than 300M SF feet of retail, residential, and industrial space.

During the past ten to twelve years, Blackstone has grown tremendously. Since going public in 2007, it has quadrupled in size. On top of that, Blackstone’s real estate division has exploded from a $17.7B venture to a $100B portfolio. According to BizNow, since 2009, it has spent more than $50 billion on commercial real estate. In addition, Blackstone closed a real estate fund worth about $16B in 2015. As a result, Blackstone now has the crown of ‘Largest Real Estate Owner in the World.’ Business Insider has even called the group’s Chairman and CEO Steve Schwarzman, ‘America’s landlord.’


Prologis owns and manages over 660M SF of CRE along with 7,400 acres of land in 20 countries. Since its founding in 1983, the company’s focus has been industrial properties near transportation hubs. Due to this, Prologis has invested heavily near interstates, major highways, airports, and seaports. Currently, Prologis owns and manages around 3,000 logistics and distribution facilities around the world.

By specializing in the supply-chain and logistics, the company provides clients with connected solutions. Apart from owning properties, Prologis also pursues environmental sustainability, leading it to produce yearly Sustainability Reports. Additionally, the company has sought to offset its environmental footprint by installing rooftop solar panels on many of its properties.

Simon Property Group

Fortune magazine has named Simon ‘the most admired company in real estate’ eight times. Furthermore, it is one of the world’s largest commercial real estate companies. In contrast to Prologis, the company focuses on completely different aspects of CRE. Formed in 1993 from the shopping center interests of Melvin Simon & Associates, the Simon Property Group now owns 229 shopping malls and shopping centers around the world totaling 190M SF. Many of these are high-end shopping destinations such as Woodbury Commons in New York and The Forum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Duke Realty Corp

Even though this company is focused only on the U.S. market, it is still one of the biggest commercial real estate owners in the world. Overall, Duke specializes in healthcare and industrial properties. Specifically, it has almost 155 million rentable SF feet of industrial and logistics assets in 20 major markets. 2009, the company has scaled back its office space holdings and to focus on the modern supply chain by strengthening its ties with e-commerce businesses.

In 2018, Duke Realty announced a $400 million green bond offering to show its commitment to sustainability. Jim Connor, Duke Realty’s Chairman and CEO, said, “As a developer, we believe that we have a responsibility to minimize the impact our properties have on the environment, our customers and the communities in which we operate and live.” This is the first bond of its kind in the US.

The company has a history of investing in sustainability. Duke Realty will use the bond’s net proceeds to finance or refinance projects like green buildings, renewable energy projects, energy efficiency projects, sustainable water systems, and sustainable wastewater management systems. It also plans to invest over $1 billion in new LEED certifications in the next few years.

General Growth Properties

Founded by Martin and Matthew Bucksbaum in 1954, this shopping mall and retail operator holds over 130 properties comprising almost 130M SF of CRE. General Growth Properties operates 100 of the top 500 malls in the US including Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, the world’s largest open-air shopping mall. Apart from merely owning property, the company takes sustainability issues seriously, focusing on responsible energy consumption and reducing water in its malls. As a result, it has been awarded the Green Star by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark.

Total Holdings of Each Company

Company Name Square Footage Owned and Managed
The Blackstone Group
  • 153M SF of office space globally
  • 3.8M SF Willis Tower in Chicago
  • 5.3M SF in several Manhattan office buildings
  • 179M SF of retail space
  • 153M SF of industrial property
  • 96,000 multifamily residential units
  • 607M SF of industrial properties, logistics and distribution facilities globally
  • An additional 62M SF managed or under development
Simon Property Group
  • More than 190M SF of retail space
  • Over 200 properties domestically
  • Almost 30 properties internationally
Duke Realty Corp
  • 138M SF of assets owned or under development
General Growth Properties
  • 131 retail properties totaling 128M SF

Information on largest commercial real estate companies courtesy of VTS ( and Wikipedia.

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