A.J. Agarwal is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group, where he focuses on the global Core+ business and serves as a Director and President of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT).
Prior to the launch of the Core+ business, Mr. Agarwal was previously a co-head of the U.S. Acquisitions team and oversaw more than $50 billion of investment transactions across all real estate asset classes. In addition to leading the Brixmor and Extended Stay Hotels IPOs, he was directly involved with and led investments across all sectors, including Blackstone’s investment in malls through General Growth Properties, limited service hotels through Apple REIT 6 and Extended Stay Hotels, luxury hotels through Hotel del Coronado, shopping centers through Brixmor and multiple other grocery-anchored portfolios, and office buildings such as One Market Plaza in San Francisco. Mr. Agarwal joined Blackstone in 1992 and is a member of Blackstone’s Real Estate Investment Committee as well as the Investment Committee for Blackstone Total Alternatives Solution.
Mr. Agarwal graduated from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and received his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Agarwal is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.