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To add to that, Mark.

The original winner of the lease for the World Trade Centre was Vornado Realty Trust. The ex-Chairman of Vornado and the current Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York at that time(in charge of all real estate deals and purchases in New York, of which the World Trade Centre came under) was Bernard H Mendik. Mendik was the former business partner of Larry Silverstein and used to be married to Silverstein’s sister before they had a falling out, divorce took place and the business partners split and went their own way.

Anyway, to the point. The previously fit and healthy Mendik unfortunately had a cardiac arrest and died on the 28th of May 2001. Vornado immediately withdrew and Larry was awarded the lease less than a month later in April.

Lucky Larry is lucky indeed, even fate conspires in his favour.