Larry Silverstein bought the World Trade Center just months before 9/11
Several months before the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001 the lease of the buildings was made private and bought by Larry Silverstein, an American businessman, owner of Silverstein Properties.
In interview for the media he said that he’s having breakfast and coffee every morning at “Windows On The World” in “World Trade Center”, but on September 11, 2001 he happened to have a dermatologist appointment in the morning.
Silverstein’s insurance plan happened to cover terrorist attacks “by chance”. When attacks really took place on 9/11, Silverstein filed a law suit against the insurance company wanting a double payment since there were two planes that crashed in the World Trade Center towers. The court acknowledged his claim therefore Silverstein was paid $4,550,000,000.
Larry Silverstein, the rumored organized crime figure who struck it rich on September 11th, 2001, then used his 9/11 insurance windfall to seize control of Chicago’s Sears Tower, and to rebuild the condemned-for-asbestos World Trade Center with its Orwellian “Freedom Tower.”
He also rebuilt World Trade Center 7, the building that he confessed to demolishing, but which did not stop him from grabbing a $700-million-dollar insurance payout for the “tragic loss” of that building due to an alleged “terrorist attack” that made the 47-story WTC-7 fall straight down in 6.5 seconds from a few tiny office fires.
By grabbing three-quarters-of-a-billion-dollars insurance money on the building he confessed to demolishing himself, Larry Silverstein defined the word “chutzpah” once and for all time.
And now, “Lucky Larry” wants more skyscrapers.
According to Business Week, Silverstein has announced plans to build an 82-story hotel and condominium tower one block north of the World Trade Center. Construction is scheduled to start later this year.
The Business Week article noted that Silverstein leased the twin towers for 99 years six weeks before they were destroyed in the 2001 terrorist attacks. But the article fails to mention the relevant background:
For the record, the high-vacancy, antiquated-infrastructure Twin Towers were a huge money-loser for the City of New York, which was under court order to do asbestos abatement. The price tag could have reached the double-digit billions – far more than the Towers were worth.