David Simon, Business ’85, donated $5 million toward the construction of the Business School’s planned buildings on the Manhattanville campus.
In July, two investors donated $40 million to the Business School, putting it within $100 million of its $600 million goal for Manhattanville. This followed another high-profile donation of $100 million in May by alum Ronald O. Perelman.
Simon is CEO of Simon Property Group, Inc., the largest publicly traded real estate company in the United States.
Simon said in a statement that the Business School “played an integral role in helping me become an effective chief executive officer.”
“The new facilities in Manhattanville offer exciting opportunities for Columbia to continue to shape the next generation of business leaders,” he said.
The buildings will occupy more than 450,000 feet of the new campus, and University President Lee Bollinger estimated in May that construction will likely start in a year and a half to two years.