Daniel R. Gilbert Named Chief Executive Officer

               Daniel R. Gilbert Named Chief Executive Officer

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust,
Inc. ("NorthStar Income") announced today that Daniel R. Gilbert, the
company's president and chief investment officer, will now serve as chief
executive officer. In addition, Mr. Gilbert was also appointed chief
executive officer of NorthStar Realty Asset Management, LLC, a newly formed
subsidiary of our sponsor, NorthStar Realty Finance Corp ("NorthStar"). The
announcement was made by David T. Hamamoto, chairman of NorthStar Income and
chairman and chief executive officer of NorthStar.

"As president of NorthStar Income, Dan has been instrumental in establishing
and building the company's leading position in the non-traded REIT industry,"
commented Mr. Hamamoto. "The appointment of Dan as chief executive officer for
not only NorthStar Income but also NorthStar Realty Asset Management puts him
at the head of NorthStar's asset management business, including NorthStar
Income and NorthStar's other non-traded REITs. These positions reflect our
confidence in his ability to drive NorthStar forward and are also a formal
acknowledgment of his demonstrated leadership and his contributions to the
growth and success of NorthStar Income."

Mr. Gilbert has served as NorthStar Income's chief investment officer since
inception and its president since March 2011. Mr. Gilbert has most recently
been appointed to the role of chief investment and operating officer of
NorthStar and chief executive officer of NorthStar Realty Asset Management,
LLC. Mr. Gilbert has also served as Co-President of NorthStar, since April
2011, chief investment officer of NorthStar since January 2009 and as an
executive vice president of NorthStar since its initial public offering in
October 2004. Prior to joining NorthStar, Mr. Gilbert spent 10 years in a
number of positions with Merrill Lynch & Co., in its Global Principal
Investments and Commercial Real Estate Department.

About NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.

NorthStar Income is a public, non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT)
formed to originate, invest in, and manage a diversified portfolio of
commercial real estate debt, commercial real estate securities and select
commercial real estate equity investments. As of 12/31/12, NorthStar Income's
total portfolio consisted of 24 investments totaling $574.2 million^1 with an
overall weighted average leveraged current yield of approximately 13.2%.^2

For more information, visit www.northstarreit.com/income.

^1Includes future funding commitments of approximately $30MM. ^2The current
yield shown is for invested equity of NorthStar Income and does not reflect
the distribution rate paid by NorthStar Income to its stockholders.

SOURCE NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.

Website: http://www.northstarreit.com/income
Contact: Joe Calabrese, +1-212-827-3772, jcalabrese@frbir.com
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