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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
Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television ...more

Donald Bren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Donald Bren Donald Bren is the son of Milton H. Bren.

Stephen M. Ross is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Stephen M. Ross Stephen M. Ross 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 estate development ...more

Jeb Bush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Jeb Bush John Ellis "Jeb" Bush is an American politician. He served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He is the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and former ...more

Sheldon Adelson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Sheldon Adelson Sheldon Gary Adelson is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns the Marina Bay ...more

Charles Keating, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Charles Keating, Jr. Charles Keating is a film producer.

Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Paul Allen Paul Gardner Allen is an American philanthropist, investor and innovator, best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation alongside Bill Gates. As of January 2015, he was estimated to be ...more

Lee Shau-kee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Lee Shau-kee Lee Shau-kee GBM is a Hong Kong based real estate tycoon and majority owner of Henderson Land Development, a property conglomerate with interests in properties, hotels, restaurants and internet ...more

Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Howard Hughes Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. was an American business tycoon, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, inventor, filmmaker and philanthropist. During his lifetime, he was one of the wealthiest people ...more

Eli Broad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Eli Broad Eli L. Broad is an American philanthropist and entrepreneur. He is the only person to build two Fortune 500 companies in different industries.

Stan Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Stan Kroenke Enos Stanley "Stan" Kroenke is an American business entrepreneur . He is the owner of Kroenke Sports Enterprises, which includes the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, Colorado Avalanche of ...more

Robert Durst is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Robert Durst Robert Alan Durst is a son of New York City real estate mogul Seymour Durst and a brother of commercial developer Douglas Durst. He came to media attention in the 1980s when his wife ...more

Mary Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Mary Anderson Mary Anderson was an American real estate developer, rancher, viticulturist and inventor of the windshield wiper blade. In November 1903 Anderson was granted her first patent for an automatic ...more

Leona Helmsley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Leona Helmsley Leona Mindy Roberts Helmsley was an American businesswoman. She was known for her flamboyant personality and had a reputation for tyrannical behavior that earned her the nickname Queen of Mean. ...more

Larry Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Larry Silverstein Larry A. Silverstein is an American businessman. Silverstein was born in Brooklyn, and became involved in real estate, together with his father, establishing Silverstein Properties. Silverstein ...more

Abbot Kinney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Abbot Kinney Abbot Kinney was a developer and conservationist. Kinney is best known for his "Venice of America" development in Los Angeles.

Robert Kraft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Robert Kraft Robert Kenneth Kraft is an American business magnate. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Kraft Group, a diversified holding company with assets in paper and packaging, sports ...more

Mike Gravel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Mike Gravel Maurice Robert "Mike" Gravel is a former Democratic United States Senator from Alaska, who served two terms from 1969 to 1981, and a candidate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. ...more

Gordon Campbell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Gordon Campbell Gordon Muir Campbell OBC, is a Canadian diplomat and politician who was the 35th Mayor of Vancouver from 1986 to 1993 and the 34th Premier of British Columbia from 2001 to 2011. He was the ...more

Jonathan Knight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Jonathan Knight Jonathan Rashleigh Knight is an American singer. Knight is part of the boy band New Kids on the Block. The band also includes Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and Jonathan's younger ...more

Fred Trump is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Fred Trump Frederick Christ "Fred" Trump was an American real estate developer. He was the father of Maryanne Trump Barry, Robert Trump, Elizabeth Trump Grau, Donald Trump and Fred Trump Jr.

Robert Sarver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Robert Sarver Robert Sarver is the majority owner of the National Basketball Association franchise Phoenix Suns. He bought the NBA franchise from Jerry Colangelo in the spring of 2004. He is also the owner of ...more

André Balazs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
AndrĂ© Balazs André Tomes Balazs is the President and CEO of André Balazs Properties that includes a portfolio of hotels across the United States and residences in New York, especially in New

William Levitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
William Levitt William Jaird Levitt was an American real-estate developer. In his position as president of Levitt & Sons, he is widely credited as the father of modern American suburbia.

Carl Paladino is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Carl Paladino Carl Pasquale Paladino is an American businessman and political activist from Buffalo, New York. Paladino is the founder and chairman of Ellicott Development Company, a real estate development ...more

Imogen Thomas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Imogen Thomas Imogen Mary Thomas is a Welsh actress, model and beauty queen. She rose to fame in 2003, after winning Miss Wales, and achieved further note in 2006, when she lasted three months on the seventh ...more

Sarah Beeny is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Sarah Beeny Sarah Lucinda Beeny is an English property developer and television presenter, best known for presenting the Channel 4 property shows Property Ladder, Property Snakes and Ladders, Streets Ahead, ...more

Charles S. Cohen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Charles S. Cohen Charles S. Cohen is a film producer.

Alan Mruvka is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Alan Mruvka Alan Mruvka is an American entertainment and media entrepreneur, film producer and screenwriter. He created and co-founded Movietime Channel, which later became E! Entertainment television. He ...more

Harshavardhan Neotia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Harshavardhan Neotia Harshavardhan Neotia is the current chairman of the Ambuja Neotia Group, a corporate house headquartered in Kolkata.He is also one of the co-owners of Atletico de Kolkata, which is an Indian ...more

Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Magic Johnson Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons. ...more

Steven Roth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Steven Roth Steven Roth is the husband of Daryl Roth.

Bobby Fite is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Bobby Fite Bobby Fite is an American former film and television actor. Beginning his professional career as a child actor and model at the age of six, Fite is perhaps best known for his recurring role as ...more

Buddy Tudor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Buddy Tudor Robert Beall Tudor, Jr., known as Buddy Tudor, was an American real estate developer. Based in Pineville, Louisiana, whose family-owned Tudor Construction Company and Tudor Enterprises together ...more

Hugh Millais is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Hugh Millais Hugh Geoffroy Millais was a British author and actor known for his film collaborations with director Robert Altman.

Tony Rezko is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Tony Rezko Antoin "Tony" Rezko is an American businessman. He was a fundraiser for Illinois Democratic and Republican politicians. After becoming a major contributor to Rod Blagojevich's ...more

John Nash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
John Nash John Nash was a British architect responsible for much of the layout of Regency London under the patronage of the Prince Regent, and during his reign as George IV. Nash was also a pioneer in the ...more

Jimmy Leeward is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Jimmy Leeward James Kent "Jimmy" Leeward was an American air racer, owner of the Leeward Air Ranch in Ocala, Florida, and the pilot of the heavily modified North American P-51 Mustang racing ...more

Quico Canseco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Quico Canseco Francisco Raul "Quico" Canseco is an attorney, businessman and former U.S. Representative for Texas's 23rd congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Jesse L. Boucher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Jesse L. Boucher Jesse L. Boucher was a north Louisiana insurance agency owner and large-scale real estate developer who also served from 1958 to 1962 as the mayor of his native Springhill in northern Webster

Elie Hirschfeld is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Elie Hirschfeld Elie Hirschfeld is an American real estate developer, theatrical producer, philanthropist and art collector based in New York City. He is the son of the late real estate mogul Abe Hirschfeld.

Alex Spanos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Alex Spanos Alexander Gus Spanos is an American real estate developer and self-made billionaire who founded the A. G. Spanos Companies and owns the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League.

Sam Katz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Sam Katz Samuel Michael "Sam" Katz, OM is a former politician and was the 42nd mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is also a businessperson and a member of the Order of Manitoba.

David Azrieli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
David Azrieli David Joshua Azrieli, CM CQ was a Canadian-Israeli real estate tycoon, developer, designer, architect, and philanthropist. With an estimated net worth of $US 3.1 billion, Azrieli was ranked by ...more

Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. Edward John DeBartolo, Sr. was an American businessman. In 1971, his Ohio-based corporation was ranked as 47th among the nation's top 400 construction contractors; and in 1983, DeBartolo was ...more

John A. Williams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
John A. Williams Notable real estate developer from Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Thomas Burton Adams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Thomas Burton Adams, Jr. Thomas Burton "Tom" Adams, Jr. was an American politician from the U.S. state of Florida. A Democrat, he served in the Florida Senate, as Secretary of State of Florida, and as the ...more

Mike Velarde is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Mike Velarde Mariano "Mike" Zuniega Velarde, better known as Bro. Mike Velarde, is the founder and "Servant Leader" of a Philippines-based Catholic Charismatic religious group called El ...more

Harry Joe Brown Jr. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Harry Joe Brown Jr. Harry Joe Brown Jr. was an actor and screenwriter.

Bill Naito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Real Estate Developers
Bill Naito William Sumio Naito, better known as Bill Naito, was a noted businessman, civic leader and philanthropist in Portland, Oregon, U.S. He was an enthusiastic advocate for investment in downtown ...more