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The Boston Globe

Globe 100

No. 1 real estate company

Boston Properties: A towering presence

Confidence and street smarts put this developer ahead of the pack

WHEN 2011 BEGAN, Boston Properties was coming off a buying spree that turned heads in the slow-to-recover commercial real estate market.

Its biggest purchase was in Boston’s Back Bay, where it snapped up the John Hancock Tower for $930 million, taking ownership of the city’s most prized office property just as rents were beginning to rise - a perfect example of the company’s ability to seize an opportunity at a critical moment.

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