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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH – William Friend, a British émigré who lived a life worthy of a Horatio Alger novel, becoming one of the youngest leaders in commercial property media, has died. He was 33 years old.
The native Londoner moved to the United States aged 15, against his parents’ wishes. “I just fell in love with America — I could feel the American dream,” Friend recalled in a podcast with real estate investor Chris Powers in 2019.
He got into entrepreneurial ventures in high school and college, including as a club promoter and selling fake IDs.
Friend has been the CEO of Bisnow Media for the past seven years, overseeing its growth to include 650 annual digital and live events in 50 international territories, 11 million news readers and over 250 employees in the United States, Canada. , UK and Ireland. During his tenure, Friend transformed the business from a local events business into a multi-channel data, events, news and intelligence platform for the multi-trillion commercial real estate market. of dollars.
William Alexander Goodwin Friend was born in London, England on July 9, 1988 to Tony and Antoinette Friend. He attended Garden House School before enrolling at the prestigious Harrow School, a boys’ boarding school that counts Winston Churchill among its famous alumni. Friend was prone to quoting Churchill around the office and named a conference room in New York’s Bisnow financial district headquarters after him.
Friend’s thirst for new experiences led him to pursue a life of adventure outside of the office. He enjoyed flying planes and earned his pilot’s license. He had a passion for bicycles and motorbikes, especially his Yamaha YZF-R6, and was keen on scuba diving in Mauritius with his brothers, John and Tom. He participated in two Ironman races, a half Ironman and ran a marathon.
He was most passionate about his family, especially his wife. He married Bevin Prince, a “One Tree Hill” actress and SoulCycle instructor, in 2016, and the two moved to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina when the pandemic hit to be closer to his family. The two have started a local fitness business together in their new town, though Friend visits various Bisnow offices and events as often as he can.
Friend had such a lively personality and was so full of life and energy – he will be sorely missed.
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