Young Kwon

Young Kwon

Chairman of the Board & Head of Real Estate & President, NYCREC


For over 21 years, Mr. Kwon has managed $15 billion in real estate in multiple countries across hundreds of transactions. Mr. Kwon has lead multiple firms in their real estate investment efforts in equity, debt, and structured products. He specializes in opportunistic and special situation investments, primarily real estate equity and debt.


Mr. Kwon spent seven years at Apollo Global Management where he managed $2.3 billion in real estate investments and was one of six founding members of the Real Estate Private Equity. During Mr. Kwon’s tenure, Apollo launched a commercial mortgage REIT traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the US Real Estate Private Equity Fund. He also managed a variety of credit-related real estate investments including lending and CMBS investing, first mortgages, B-notes, mezzanine debt, preferred equity, and equity.


Prior to Apollo, Mr. Kwon was Portfolio Manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, where he managed the $6.5 billion Mortgage Private Placement Fund that managed debt-related investments and was a member of the Investment Committee in the U.S. Fixed Income Group.


Prior to J.P. Morgan, Mr. Kwon worked for the New York office of Nippon Life Insurance of Japan, where he oversaw a large office, retail and industrial portfolio of properties as well as debt-related investments.


Mr. Kwon started his financial services career at Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for the securitization and syndication of commercial mortgages for investment banking clients and the securitization group. Mr. Kwon began his career at Battle Fowler, LLP, in 1996, which later merged into Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker.



Mr. Kwon holds a BA in political science and economics from the State University of New York Stony Brook, where he was an intercollegiate tennis and squash player. Mr. Kwon earned a JD from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He has taught Continuing Education at the Baruch College Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute.