Million Dollar Listing New York is finally back! Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant, and Luis Ortiz have all returned to take the Manhattan real estate world by storm, but superfans will recall a face that's been noticably absent since Season 1: Michael Lorber.
And since his departure he's had a lot on his plate—including thwarting a kidnapping scheme targeted at his brother. The agent received a call last year from a blocked number, where the caller claimed his brother, Brian, had been in a car accident. He had been kidnapped and the callers demanded $2,000 for his safe return. If Michael didn't come forward with the ransom, Brian would be killed.
"It was the worst experience of my life," Michael told Page Six. "They told me Brian had been in a car accident, they'd kidnapped him, broken his hand, and I needed to meet them with $2,000 in cash to pay for the damage to their car. They said they had his cellphone and they'd shoot him in the head if I called him."
After Michael tipped off an assistant who made contact with Brian, they realized it was a very terrifying hoax. "Thankfully, he was in his office and he was fine," he said. Phew!
Despite not being a part of the MDLNY cast anymore, the well-dressed broker is now a part of a prestigious team called the SLS Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, one of three "top producing agents." The formation of the trio was a no brainer for Michael. "Our combined industry knowledge gives us the advantage of providing broad market insight as well as a vast selection of properties to our clients," he said in the Douglas Elliman press release. "By banding together, we anticipate an exponential growth in business." Talk about teamwork!
Outside of work the former MDLNY star is spending time with a very familiar face—none other than Real Housewives of New York's Sonja Morgan! The two have not only spent some time together in the Sunshine state, but have also attended black tie affairs with one another. How fancy!
When he's not learning #Sonjaisms, Michael is getting his philanthropy on in a big way. Not only does he serve as the director of Love Heals and the MGH Cancer Center Leadership Council, he also serves on the Board of Overseers of Children's Hospital Boston and The New England Aquarium!
And he's still supportive of the show. The agent is constantly Tweeting well wishes to all of the brokers on Million Dollar Listing. What a good sport.
[Source: Page Six]