Scott Rechler is the CEO and chairman of RXR Realty and a former vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Rechler is the grandson of William Rechler, who founded Reckson Associates Realty Corp., which Scott played a vital role in taking public in 1995 at age 26. SL Green bought Reckson in 2007 for $6 billion. A day later, Rechler founded RXR Realty, a management, development and ownership company with a current portfolio worth $20 billion.
In 2011, Rechler became vice chairman of the Port Authority, which he stayed at until 2016, overseeing changes to the scandal-plagued agency. He left, however, after sparring with Chairman John Degnan over its capital plan.
In addition to amassing a vast collection of office properties like 75 Rockefeller Plaza, 237 Park Avenue and 1285 Avenue of the Americas, Rechler’s firm made a strong push into suburban development in New Rochelle, Glen Cove, Yonkers and Stamford, Conn., as well as developing the JetBlue terminal at LaGuardia Airport.
Rechler grew up on Long Island and splits his time between Old Brookville and the West Village with his wife, Debby. He has three children, Gabrielle, Elijah and Tyrone.