TAMPA — Megabucks Tampa Bay home sales typically generate a lot of attention. Not this one — until now.
In an off-market transaction, the bayfront South Tampa house of former Lykes Bros. president and CEO Charles P. Lykes Jr. sold in August for $9.5 million, property appraiser records show. The price was the fourth highest ever paid for a Tampa Bay home, but the sale did not appear in the Multiple Listing Service. Even sales of homes that never go on the market typically are recorded there for statistical purposes.
The two-story house with nearly 5,000 of living space is on Lykes Lane in the Ballast Point area near the Tampa Yacht & Country Club. The buyer was Le Chiffre LLC, whose manager is Kiran Lingam. LinkedIn shows a Kiran Lingam as a partner in Axioma Ventures, a Tampa-based venture capital company co-founded by former Publix Super Markets CEO Howard M. Jenkins
Jenkins lives on Lykes Lane, named after Lykes family’ patriarch Howell Tyson Lykes.
A physician by profession, Lykes and his seven sons founded the company near Brooksville in 1900. Lykes Bros. remains a family-owned business with cattle, citrus, farming, forestry, hunting, and land and water resources operations as well as thousands of acres of land holdings in Florida and Texas.
As of 2015, the Lykes clan ranked #193 on Forbes’ list of America’s Richest families with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion.