Famous American Real Estate Entrepreneurs

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Fred Trump
(American Real Estate Developer and Father of Former US President 'Donald Trump')
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Birthdate: October 11, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 25, 1999
Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump, was a well-known real estate developer who built more than 27 thousand apartments in New York. Having lost his father early, Fred ventured into construction business with his mother when he was fifteen. Determined, he built himself a huge fortune but controversies surrounded him too including an investigation for not renting to black families.
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Christina Anstead
(Real Estate Investor)
Christina Anstead
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Birthdate: July 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States

Christina Anstead is a real estate investor and TV personality, who  is best known for starring in HGTV's show Flip or Flop. She once ran a real estate agency with her ex-husband, Tarek. Following their divorce, she married English TV presenter Ant Anstead. Currently, she hosts her own HGTV show Christina on the Coast.

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John Jacob Astor IV
(Businessman, Investor, and Founder of the ‘Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’)
John Jacob Astor IV
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Birthdate: July 13, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rhinebeck Village, Rhinebeck, New York, United States
Died: April 15, 1912
Business tycoon, real-estate developer, and writer John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV had also served in the Spanish–American War. He belonged to the famed Astor family of New York. Astor died in the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 and was the richest passenger aboard the liner.
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Charles Kushner
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Birthdate: May 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States

Charles Kushner is a former attorney. He was sentenced to two years prison after he was convicted of tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions, and witness tampering in 2005. The father of Ivanka Trump's husband Jared Kushner, Charles Kushner received a federal pardon by Donald Trump in 2020. A real estate developer, Kushner is credited with founding Kushner Companies LLC.

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Jared Kushner
(Son-in-Law of Donald Trump, Entrepreneur)
Jared Kushner
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Birthdate: January 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Livingston, New Jersey, United States

Married to Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner is a senior advisor to his father-in-law and US President, Donald Trump. This has led to concerns about nepotism and conflicts of interest. His proximity with Russian officials came under scrutiny during a federal investigation regarding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Jared Kushner is also an investor, real estate developer and newspaper publisher.

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Stephen M. Ross
(Businessman)
Stephen M. Ross
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Birthdate: May 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Larry A. Silverstein
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Birthdate: May 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, United States
 8 
Mohamed Hadid
(Developing mansions in Bel Air and Beverly Hills)
Mohamed Hadid
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Birthdate: November 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel
 9 
Cheryl Crane
(Real estate broker)
Cheryl Crane
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Birthdate: July 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 10 
John Jacob Astor
(Entrepreneur)
John Jacob Astor
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Birthdate: July 17, 1763
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Walldorf, Germany
Died: March 29, 1848
 11 
Arthur Blank
(Businessman)
Arthur Blank
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Birthdate: September 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sunnyside, New York, United States
 12 
Frederick Trump
(Businessman)
Frederick Trump
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Birthdate: March 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kallstadt, Germany
Died: May 30, 1918
 13 
Paul Pelosi
(American Businessman Who is Married to the U.S. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.)
Paul Pelosi
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Birthdate: April 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, Californammia, United States

Paul Pelosi is an American businessman. Pelosi owns and operates a venture capital investment and real estate firm called Financial Leasing Services, Inc., through which he has amassed a fortune of $114 million. He also sits on many corporate and philanthropic boards. He is married to Nancy Pelosi, the current U.S. House speaker.

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Rick Steiner
(Wrestlers)
Rick Steiner
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Birthdate: March 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
 15 
Jim Bob Duggar
(Real Estate Entrepreneur, Politician)
Jim Bob Duggar
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Birthdate: July 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Springdale, Arkansas, United States
 16 
Lee Miglin
(Former Real estate developer)
Lee Miglin
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Birthdate: July 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westville, Illinois, United States
Died: May 4, 1997
 17 
Jason Mesnick
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Birthdate: July 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
 18 
Haviland Morris
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Birthdate: September 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA
 19 
Ryan Serhant
(Real Estate Entrepreneur)
Ryan Serhant
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Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
 20 
Sam Zell
(American Businessman)
Sam Zell
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Birthdate: September 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, US
 21 
Lauren Lake
(Lawyer)
Lauren Lake
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Birthdate: August 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
 22 
Ian Schrager
(American Entrepreneur, Hotelier and Co-Founder of Broadway Theatre 'Studio 54')
Ian Schrager
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Birthdate: July 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Credited with co-creating the concept of boutique hotels, Ian Schrager began his career with law before partnering with Steve Rubell to run nightclubs, quickly opening Studio 54 and then turning to hotel business to open first boutique lifestyle hotel, Morgans. Later he went on his own to launch Ian Schrager Company, promoting the Public and then Edition brands of hotels.

 23 
Brenda Bakke
(Actress)
Brenda Bakke
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Birthdate: May 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States
 24 
Katherine Harris
(Politician)
Katherine Harris
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Birthdate: April 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Key West, Florida, U.S.
 25 
Kevin Paffrath
(Businesspeople, Politician)
Kevin Paffrath
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Birthdate: January 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Germany
 26 
Alex Spanos
(Real Estate Developer and Founder of the ‘A. G. Spanos Companies’)
Alex Spanos
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Birthdate: September 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockton, California, United States
Died: October 9, 2018

Apart from being a successful real-estate magnate, Alex Spanos also owned a majority stake in the NFL team San Diego Chargers, later Los Angeles Chargers. The owner of reality major AG Spanos, he battled dementia in his later years and even penned a letter about his struggle, which was later published.

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Zygi Wilf
(Businessperson)
Zygi Wilf
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Birthdate: April 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
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Leonard Skinner
(Basketball coach, Businessman)
Leonard Skinner
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Birthdate: January 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: September 20, 2010
 29 
Ross Perot, Jr.
(Business person)
Ross Perot, Jr.
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Birthdate: November 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, U.S.
 30 
Fred Wilpon
(Businessperson, Baseball Executive)
Fred Wilpon
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Birthdate: November 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Owner of the New York Mets till October 2020, Fred Wilpon began his career as a real estate developer before acquiring 1% stake in the Mets, becoming its President and CEO in 1980. Continuing to increase his stake, he eventually became the full owner in 2002, serving as its Chairman of the Board until he sold his share in 2020.  

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Ted Lerner
(Real Estate Developer)
Ted Lerner
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Birthdate: October 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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Zachary Bogue
(American Entrepreneur, Lawyer and Investor)
Zachary Bogue
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Birthdate: December 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
 33 
Gary Herbert
(Politician)
Gary Herbert
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Birthdate: May 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: American Fork, Utah, U.S.
 34 
Trammell Crow
(Businessperson)
Trammell Crow
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Birthdate: June 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: January 14, 2009
 35 
Reginald Lewis
(Businessman, Writer)
Reginald Lewis
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Birthdate: December 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 19, 1993
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Gary W. Keller
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Austin
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William Jaird Levitt
(Real Estate Developer)
William Jaird Levitt
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Birthdate: February 11, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 28, 1994
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Jessica Feshbach
(Former Scientology official known for Scientology spokesperson, Assistant to Katie Holmes)
Jessica Feshbach
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Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: United States
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Sam Wood
(Director)
Sam Wood
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Birthdate: July 10, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 22, 1949
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A. Alfred Taubman
(Entrepreneur)
A. Alfred Taubman
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Birthdate: January 31, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pontiac, Michigan, United States
Died: April 17, 2015
 41 
John Arrillaga
(Businessperson)
John Arrillaga
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Birthdate: 1937 AD
Birthplace: United States
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James Lick
(Real Estate Investor)
James Lick
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Birthdate: August 25, 1796
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 1, 1876
 43 
Tom Barrack
(American private equity real estate, Investor)
Tom Barrack
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Birthdate: April 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States
 44 
Bill Laurie
(Basketball player, Businesspeople)
Bill Laurie
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Birthdate: 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Versailles, Missouri, United States
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Joseph Chetrit
(Founder of the Chetrit Group)
Joseph Chetrit
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Birthdate: December 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Morocco
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Jean Bartik
(Computer software pioneer)
Jean Bartik
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Birthdate: December 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alanthus Grove, Missouri, United States
Died: March 23, 2011
 47 
Jesse H. Jones
(9th United States Secretary of Commerce (1940 - 1945))
Jesse H. Jones
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Birthdate: April 5, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Robertson County, Tennessee, United States
Died: June 1, 1956

Initially part of his uncle’s lumber business, Jesse H. Jones later opened his own lumberyard and gradually built an empire in banking, construction, and real-estate. A prominent Democratic Party supporter, he had also served as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was associated with the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.

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Arthur Brisbane
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Birthdate: December 12, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: December 25, 1936
 49 
Milton H. Bren
(Film producer, Businessperson,)
Milton H. Bren
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Birthdate: June 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: December 14, 1979
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James Stillman
(Businessman)
James Stillman
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Birthdate: June 9, 1850
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas, United States
Died: March 15, 1918