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List of famous real estate developers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top real estate developers in the world? This includes the most prominent real estate developers, living and not, both in America and abroad. This list of notable real estate developers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic real estate developers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned real estate developers.

List is made up of people like Sheldon Adelson and Mary Anderson. You might recognize many of the following names by their real estate development companies. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known real estate developers to the lesser known real estate developers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the real estate developer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous real estate developers ever?" and "What are the names of famous real estate developers?" then you're in the right place. 

Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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Donald Bren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Donald Leroy Bren (born May 11, 1932) is an American businessman who is chairman and sole owner of the Irvine Company, a US real estate investment company. Bren's net worth is approximately ...more
Stephen M. Ross is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Stephen M. Ross (born May 10, 1940) is an American real estate developer, philanthropist, and sports team owner. Ross is the chairman and majority owner of The Related Companies, a global real ...more
Jeb Bush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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Sheldon Adelson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Sheldon Gary Adelson (pronounced ; born August 4, 1933) is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and political donor. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of ...more
Charles Keating, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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Lee Shau-kee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Lee Shau-kee GBM (Chinese: 李兆基; born 7 March 1929 in Shunde, Guangdong, China) is a Hong Kong-based real estate tycoon and majority owner of Henderson Land Development, a property conglomerate ...more
Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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Eli Broad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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Stan Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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Robert Durst is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Robert Alan Durst (born April 12, 1943) is an American real estate heir, the son of New York City mogul Seymour Durst, and the elder brother of Douglas Durst, head of the Durst Organization. He ...more
Mary Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Mary Elizabeth Anderson (February 19, 1866 – June 27, 1953) was an American real estate developer, rancher, viticulturist and inventor of the windshield wiper blade. On November 10, 1903 ...more
Leona Helmsley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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Larry Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Larry A. Silverstein (born May 30, 1931) is an American businessman. Among his real estate projects, he is the developer of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan as well as ...more
Abbot Kinney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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Robert Kraft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Robert Kraft
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Mike Gravel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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Gordon Campbell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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Jonathan Knight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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Fred Trump is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Frederick Christ Trump (October 11, 1905 – June 25, 1999) was an American real-estate developer in New York City and the father of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, and ...more
Robert Sarver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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André Balazs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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William Levitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
William Jaird Levitt (February 11, 1907 – January 28, 1994) was an American real-estate developer from Brooklyn, New York City. As president of Levitt & Sons, he is widely credited as the ...more
Carl Paladino is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
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