Originally Posted by maria-olivia
Marengo is tat true that he is the owner of 300 houses in Amsterdam ?
According to Mr. Couzy of Het Parool newspaper the prince has 590 adresses on his name. A spokesperson of the prince claims that the prince is only one of four owners of these properties (I suppose his company has 3 other business partners) and that the prince himself only has 25,5 properties on his own name.
Note that the prince and his company bought several former office buildings that they are converting into a high number of appartments, among them the rather large former ING office in the Westerpark & plans to construct new buildings on this site and the former CBS headquarters on Bickerseiland. I assume this may partly explain a high number of adresses that is owned by the company. And considering the state these buildings were in [I worked in one of them so I saw it first hand] I am not quite sure it is a bad thing that they are investing money into converting these buildings. Sadly for many these new appartments will not be affordable for those with an avarage salary as they are aiming for a higher segment to make the projects as profitable as possible.
Were he not related to the royal family I am quite sure his ownership of these properties would never have featured in the national -or even in the local- news btw. As it is he is the ideal villain for those who are frustrated with the housing crisis that many parts of the country is in. I am not sure if it is completely fair to blame the prince for all that is wrong. He is simply doing what the market and laws are allowing him to do, with little regard for societal implications perhaps. Decades of decreased public spending, liberalisation of the housing market, deregulation and big delays in the construction of affordable housing is the main issue, but that is a more complicated story than just to blame a prince.
In 2020 his private wealth was valued by some magazines at 80 million Euros. But I have no idea how they reached that conclusion.
As to the whatsapp messages: there were reproaches in a whatsapp exchange. The authors tried to get in touch with the prince and to let him clarify his part of the story - I suppose that is why the conversation started. The part about Willem-Alexander was supposedly said in a private conversation with one of the authors.