AMERICAN PHAROAH OWNER AHMAD ZAYAT, WHO MADE HIS FORTUNE BUYING AND SELLING AN EGYPTIAN BEVERAGE COMPANY AND WHOSE TRIPLE CROWN-WINNING HORSE IS NOW WORTH TENS OF MILLIONS IN BREEDING RIGHTS, LIVES NOT IN NEW JERSEY’S HORSE COUNTRY AROUND COLTS NECK OR IN SPRAWLING MEGA-MANSION IN RITZY SADDLE RIVER OR ALPINE.
American Pharoah owner Ahmad Zayat, who made his fortune buying and selling an Egyptian beverage company and whose Triple Crown-winning horse is now worth tens of millions in breeding rights, lives not in New Jersey’s horse country around Colts Neck or in sprawling mega-mansion in ritzy Saddle River or Alpine.
Home for Zayat, an Orthodox Jew, and his family has long been the middle-class town of Teaneck, one of New Jersey’s most vibrant enclaves of observant Jews. Yes, he lives in an impressive Mediterranean-style home and doubled the size of his property a decade ago by purchasing the lot behind his home. But it’s not entirely out of place among the three- and four-bedroom Tudors and Colonials that dominate Teaneck.
A couple of blocks away you’ll find a home on the market indicative this part of town: A Tudor Colonial priced at $1.2 million, according toZillow.com. It has a formal living room and dining room, a wood-paneled family room with a bay window and skylight, and a large renovated eat-in kitchen with double sinks and double dishwashers for kosher purposes.
There is a master suite with a dressing area, master bathroom and office, and three additional bedrooms on the second floor, plus a rec room, guest room and full bath in the attic. Taxes are $27,972.