Extraordinary properties. Exceptional experiences.
Founded in 1928, Rockefeller Group is a leading national real estate developer, owner and operator, with a long history of success in the planning, construction and management of premier properties. Headquartered in Manhattan, we trace our roots to a singular and visionary project that helped shape New York City, and that continues to inspire our commitment to the development of extraordinary properties. Our team is passionate about real estate, driven by the idea that quality in the built environment can positively shape experiences and improve lives at home, at work and in our communities.
Today, we maintain an ownership interest in approximately 6 million square feet of premier office space developed in the modern expansion of Rockefeller Center, and have approximately 14 million square feet of projects in various stages of planning and development spanning office, industrial, multifamily and mixed-use. Our employees are located in nine U.S. offices, including six regional development offices along the East and West Coasts and the Rocky Mountain region. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd., one of the world’s largest real estate investment, development and services firms, through a partnership that has endured for more than three decades.
Mission & Vision
To develop, own and operate extraordinary properties, delivering exceptional experiences and financial performance while creating value for our partners, customers and communities.
To enhance human well-being through our passion for real estate and the built environment.
In all that we do, Rockefeller Group is guided by five principles that underpin a commitment to work worth doing.
A Love for People. A Love for the City
Integrity & Fairness
1928On December 6, 1928, John D. Rockefeller Jr. incorporates the Metropolitan Square Corporation (today Rockefeller Group).
1931Construction workers raise a Christmas tree, starting what would become a famous annual tradition in Rockefeller Center.
1955The last building in the original Rockefeller Center complex is completed, four years prior to its expansion across Avenue of the Americas. It receives universal acclaim as a masterpiece of uplifting urban design.
1959The former Time & Life Building is completed, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, the first of five additions to Rockefeller Center to the west side of Sixth Avenue between 1959 and 2001.
1973Rockefeller Group completes three more towers on the west side of Avenue of the Americas, nearly doubling the size of the original Center.
1978Rockefeller Group expands to New Jersey to begin development of the International Trade Center, a 7-million-square-foot business park and pioneering foreign trade zone.
1979Rockefeller Group Development Corp. is formed, expanding the company’s development business beyond New York City to projects in New Jersey, Detroit, Phoenix and Los Angeles.
1990Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd. (MITEY) acquires a majority interest in Rockefeller Group, the start of a long-term partnership that has grown and endured for more than three decades.
2001The development of 745 Seventh Avenue completes Rockefeller Center, with more than 21 interconnected buildings totaling approximately 20 million square feet.
2007The company sells its majority stake in global brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield to Italy’s IFIL S.p.A., the investment arm of the Agnelli family. Rockefeller Group acquired C&W from RCA in 1976, and helped take it global.
2008The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs selects Rockefeller Group to build an 84,000-square-foot medical office building in San Diego, Calif.
2012Rockefeller Group and Liv Communities form a joint venture to develop luxury multifamily rental communities in the rapidly growing Phoenix market, with more than 1,800 units developed to date.
2012Rockefeller Group completes the BASF Building at The Green at Florham Park, the company’s premier mixed-use development in New Jersey. The building achieves LEED Platinum certification for core and shell, and interiors.
2014Rockefeller Group begins the renovation of 1221 Avenue of the Americas, with its lobby and side-street plazas designed by MdeAS Architects. The removal of non-structural steel enables more natural light, and commissioned murals by Mark Bradford become a focal point.
2017A joint venture of Rockefeller Group and Stiles completes the development and sale of Amaray Las Olas, a 30-story luxury apartment tower in downtown Fort Lauderdale, reshaping the skyline and introducing an amenity-rich lifestyle just one block from Las Olas Boulevard.
2018Rockefeller Group expands to the Mid-Atlantic, opening its first office in Washington, D.C., following successful completed investments downtown and a 2017 joint venture with The Meridian Group to co-develop Boro Tower in Tysons, Va.
2019Rockefeller Group Logistics Center in Piscataway, N.J., opens with only the second WELL-certified U.S. industrial building and the first in the world to achieve LEED Platinum and WELL Building certifications.
2019Rockefeller Group substantially completes a $600 million redevelopment of 1271 Avenue of the Americas. Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the redevelopment dramatically improves views and light with a new glass curtain wall and restoration of the landmarked lobby.
2021Rockefeller Group opens Rose Hill, its first luxury residential tower in Manhattan. The 45-story, full-service condominium brings 123 residences and an exceptional suite of amenities to the historic NoMad neighborhood.
Environmental Social and Governance
Rockefeller Group has always sought to develop, own and operate projects that improve people’s lives at home and work, while making a positive impact in the larger community.
Work with Us
Our projects have proven the power of real estate to improve lives while creating long-term economic and civic value. We apply our talent, experience and financial stability to create opportunities for exceptional experiences. Our people define our competitive advantage through their knowledge, experience and values, and a commitment to continuous improvement. If you share a dedication to excellence, and a passion for real estate, reach out to learn more about working with us.