Ambitious investor Goodwin Gaw is the king of transforming distressed real estate into big returns


Goodwin Gaw is the founder, chairman and managing principal of real estate private equity company Gaw Capital Partners, which he runs alongside his sister Christina and his brother Kenneth. The company manages tens of billions in property investments—including the Gaw family fortune, which was originally built by his father, Anthony, also a noted property investor and the owner of conglomerate Pioneer Global Group, of which Goodwin is vice chairman, and which is now run by his mother, Rossana Wang Gaw.

Goodwin Gaw is also the founder and president of real estate investment, management and development company Downtown Properties, which he established in 1991. He is known for making a success of distressed properties that other investors turn their noses up at, and is particularly famed for his refurbishments of historic buildings that have fallen on tough times, starting in the 1990s with Los Angeles’ Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Gaw is married to Yama, with whom he has two children.

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A keen proponent of public art, Goodwin Gaw played a key role in bringing Antony Gormley’s Event Horizon public installation of life-size iron and fibreglass figures to Hong Kong in 2015. 

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