Gazit's Chaim Katzman: 'Our Strategy Is Long-term Ownership' by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.
Gazit Globe (usually called Gazit) is among the world's top real estate investment multinationals. Listed on the Tel Aviv stock exchange, the firm operates in some 20 countries and owns or operates 6.3 million square meters of space spread over more than 650 properties. In the U.S., Gazit's investment vehicles include Equity One, a real estate investment trust that focuses on high quality retail properties. Gazit's total asset value exceeds $15 billion. Chaim Katzman, Gazit's chairman and founder, spoke recently with Wharton real estate professor Peter Linneman and Knowledge@Wharton about the company's origins, strategy and his personal management philosophy.