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Attorney: Obama’s friend has no partner in ‘Magnum P.I.’ house

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o ‘P.I.’ mansion sells for $8.7M; buyer has close ties to Obama

Chicago businessman Marty Nesbitt is indeed the new owner of the oceanfront Waimanalo mansion that served as the fictional home of TV character Thomas Magnum in the 1980s drama “Magnum, P.I.”

Seth Madorsky, a Chicago attorney, confirmed that Nesbitt bought the home and said there were no partners or co-investors in the $8.7 million purchase.

Madorsky, who represented Nesbitt in the purchase, did not say whether Nesbitt’s good friend, President Barack Obama, might use the house for any future winter vacations.

Obama has vacationed on Oahu around Christmas for the last six years and stayed in rented homes in Kailua. Nesbitt has routinely joined the president for golf and other outings during the visits.

Nesbitt bought the five-bedroom house on 3 acres through Waimanalo Paradise LLC from Eve Glover Anderson. The sale closed Monday.

The home was built in 1933 by Anderson’s grandparents with an 11,054-square-foot main house, a gate house and a boat house. There is also a tennis court and bath house.

“Magnum, P.I.” starring Tom Selleck as a Ferrari-driving detective staying in a guest house on the property aired from 1980 to 1988 on CBS.

Nesbitt is the founder of private equity firm Vistria Group, which was established to buy companies in education, healthcare and financial services industries. He is also one of Obama’s best friends, and is board chairman of the nonprofit Barack Obama Foundation raising money for the president’s future library.

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