Dottie Herman cashes out at Douglas Elliman

The holding corporation that owns one of the country’s largest tobacco manufacturers now controls 100 percent of Douglas Elliman, the company announced Monday.

Dottie Herman.

Douglas Elliman CEO Dottie Herman unloaded her remaining 29.4 percent stake in the company to Vector Group, which already owned 71.6 percent of the brokerage. Herman sold her shares for $ 10 million up front and $ 30 million to be paid in 12 quarterly payments according to an SEC filing.

Founded in New York City 108 years ago, Douglas Elliman, until now one of the few large real estate companies owned by a woman, ranked third among real estate brokerages nationwide for transaction volume as recently as 2017, according to the Real Trends 500.

Howard Lorber, the president and CEO of Vector Group and chairman of Douglas Elliman, acquired the company in December 2013 with Herman.

“[Herman] and I couldn’t have imagined that the venture we embarked on years ago would grow into the largest residential brokerage firm in the New York metropolitan area,” Lorber said, in a statement. “Her vision for and dedication to Douglas Elliman have proven invaluable and have helped cement Douglas Elliman as one of the country’s premiere brokerages.”

Vector Group also owns Liggett Vector Brands, one of the nation’s largest tobacco manufacturers.

Herman will continue as CEO of Douglas Elliman, which currently boasts approximately 7,000 agents in 113 offices mostly focused on the East and West coasts. Douglas Elliman agents closed $ 24.5 billion in transaction volume in 2017.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the company that [Lorber] and I created,” Herman said.

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