So I'm digging a bit.
1) Who is this guy? Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, according to
2) Who took the photo? Credit to Getty Images. What was the occasion? Date? Location? Others present?
I'm gonna go search Getty Images for photo meta data.
3) Current stories about this guy? Context?
"Billionaire real estate executive, 56, [Andrew Farkas] 'divorces wife of 15 years and starts dating 22-year-old Harvard student'
Andrew Farkas founded real estate merchant bank Island Capital Group
He split with wife Sandi, a playwright who he married in 2001
Farkas is dating senior at his alma mater, partying together in Hamptons
Harvard renamed building housing famed Hasty Pudding club after Farkas contributed a hefty gift, but new romantic interest is not affiliated
Following divorce, Farkas put his Upper East Side townhouse up for sale
He purchased 10,000-square-foot mansion in 2007 for $23million and is now selling it for $42.5million"
Farkas sold the townhouse for 2x market price(?) to this Emir of Qatar who was said to be buying it for "maids' quarters" ???
Article dated July 6, 2017
Qatar buys townhouse just for the maids
Qatar is expanding its footprint on Manhattan.
After the nation bought two landmarked townhouses next door to each other on East 72nd Street to combine into a royal palace, it has now bought another adjacent townhouse, just to put up the staff.
The emir of Qatar reportedly bought 7-9 East 72nd St. from the Lycée Français for $26 million in 2002 after the posh private school moved to a new building.
The Beaux-Arts properties underwent years of construction to be combined into one mega-mansion said to be one of the largest private residences in the city. Reports said it will boast an indoor swimming pool, two floors of bedrooms, a maze of foyers on the first floor and an astonishing 8,500-square-foot roof area.
Curbed wrote that the buildings were owned by a company operated by the ambassador of Qatar, but it is likely that Qatar’s Princess Sheikha Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani, an avid art collector, would reside there, while the emir would move in for the annual UN General Assembly in September.
Also, billionaire Andrew Farkas, a close buddy of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the founder of real estate merchant bank Island Capital Group, has sold his townhouse at 12 E. 73rd St. to a representative of oil-rich Qatar for $42.5 million.
A real estate source told us, “Andrew sold it to Qatar directly, with no broker involved. They bought it because it backs directly onto their property at 7-9 East 72nd St. Andrew spent no expense renovating the place, but apparently it will be used for maids’ quarters.”
The source added, “Andrew was lucky because the Upper East Side townhouse market is slow. If he’d sold it on the open market, he’d have [gotten] $20 million for it.” He didn’t respond to requests for comment, nor did the consulate-general of Qatar.
Meanwhile, Qatar remains in a dangerous dispute with other Arab gulf states that broke diplomatic relations because of Qatar’s purported support of terrorism.
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Bought it for the Princess who's an "avid art collector"? Like, yeah, right. Foreign royalty can ship art overseas to/from, without customs inspections, using diplomatic immunity? Large, huge containers containing "art"? Where have we seen that before (Marina -- 'art for embassies' program)?
Human trafficking red flags all over the place here?
What kind of name is "Farkas" anyway? Sounds Arabic.