Realaspen.com late Monday reported the daughter of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson denied her father purchased a $24.5 million Aspen estate, as reported by the website earlier in the day.
The Colorado Independent and several other online publications picked up on the story. Veteran Aspen journalist and former Aspen Daily News editor Troy Hooper, who just launched realaspen.com, added the following update to his original story:
Henry Paulson’s daughter, Amanda, denies that her father, Henry, is the man behind Pitkin County’s biggest real estate deal in nearly a decade.
Amanda Paulson contacted realaspen.com to say that there must be some sort of mix-up because her father “absolutely” did not buy the $24.5 million Aspen estate.
The estate was sold June 22 to Aspen Lakes Ranch LLC, which is based in New York.
Two real estate insiders told realaspen.com that Paulson did buy the ranch. The insiders were not directly involved in the transaction and requested anonymity because they said they were not authorized to speak about the deal.
Bob Bowden, a longtime local who built the ranch as a spec project, would not confirm or deny that Paulson was the buyer. Brian Hazen, who represented the buyer, said the transaction included a confidentiality clause precluding him from identifying the buyer.