CRE legend Sam Zell told an audience full of NYU grad students on Wednesday that if they want to have successful careers in commercial real estate, they need to forget about working from home.

Zell was the luncheon speaker at NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate's annual REIT Symposium, held at NYC's opulent Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue.

In an armchair chat with Marc Norman, associate dean at the Institute, Zell provided a litany of biographical anecdotes of his rise as a youthful entrepreneur selling magazines to become the founder and chairman of Chicago-based Equity Group Investments.

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