Real Estate Entrepreneurs

Real estate entrepreneurs invest in real estate and sell the properties for profit on a later date. Real estate is a very attractive avenue for potential entrepreneurs because of capital appreciation in the value of real estate with time coupled with tax benefits allowed by the government. Business people choosing this field can invest either actively or passively. Active entrepreneurs purchase properties, make improvements and sell it for a profit. On the other hand, entrepreneurs not confident enough to take this path may hire a firm to manage real estate business on their behalf. Many enter into this field solely attracted by the profits; but this business is not for the faint-hearted. It involves hours of hard work, tactful judgment of the profit earning potential of the properties and frequent traveling to see various properties for investing in. The popularity of real estate business is rising by the day due to the potentially large returns and the ever-increasing prices of properties. Real estate improvement is a speciality of real estate business which involves renovation and re-lease of existing buildings and land. Read on to browse through a list of world famous real estate entrepreneurs and read their biographies and timelines.
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 1 Fred Trump

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Famous As: Real Estate Developer
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.

 2 Carlos Slim

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mexico City
Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim owns the conglomerate Grupo Carso and has served as the CEO of América Móvil and Telmex. He was the world’s richest person from 2010 to 2013 and the fifth-richest in 2020, according to Forbes. He also owns three charity organizations focusing on Mexico City. 

 3 Chrishell Stause

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Draffenville, Kentucky, United States

Chrishell Stause is an American actress who made her debut with the television show, All My Children and won over the hearts of people with her brilliant portrayal of Amanda Dillon. Later on, her performance in the NBC soap opera, Days of Our Lives, was also highly appreciated.  She is also a real estate agent and her work was showcased in the Netflix show, Selling Sunset.

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 4 Bernard Arnault

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Famous As: Chairman & CEO of LMVH
Birthdate: March 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Roubaix

Bernard Arnault is a French businessman and chairman of the luxury-goods company LVMH. Also an art collector, Arnault played a key role in establishing LVMH as a patron of art. In 2006, he sponsored the construction of an art museum called Louis Vuitton Foundation. He also created a competition called The LVMH Young Fashion Designer to students from fine-arts schools.

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 5 Christina Anstead

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Famous As: Real Estate Investor
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.

 6 Drew Scott

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Famous As: Actor, Realtor
Birthdate: April 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Drew Scott is best known for hosting Property Brothers and Buying and Selling with his twin brother, Jonathan. The twins are also owners of the brands Scott Living and Dream Homes, and have founded Scott Brothers Entertainment, with another bother. An avid philanthropist, he was named a "Habitat Humanitarian."
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 7 John Jacob Astor IV

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Famous As: Businessman
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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 8 Jared Kushner

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Famous As: Senior Advisor to the President of the United States
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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 9 Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United Kingdom

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi became known internationally when he married the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Beatrice. He is otherwise known as the founder of an interior design and property development company called Banda, for which he also serves as the chief executive.

 10 Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki
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Famous As: Businessman, Motivational Speaker & Author
Birthdate: April 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hilo, Hawaii, United States

Robert Kiyosaki is an American author and businessman known for his internationally acclaimed book Rich Dad Poor Dad; his Rich Dad Poor Dad book series has sold more than 41 million copies worldwide after having been translated into 51 languages. Kiyosaki is also credited with founding the Rich Dad Company and Rich Global LLC, which filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

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 11 Charles Kushner

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Famous As: Lawyer
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.

 12 Mohamed Hadid

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Famous As: Developing mansions in Bel Air and Beverly Hills
Birthdate: November 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel

 13 Al-Waleed bin Talal

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Famous As: Business magnate
Birthdate: March 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riyadh
Saudi Arabian businessman and philanthropist Al Waleed bin Talal Al Saud is part of the Saudi royal family. Son of The Red Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz, he founded the conglomerate Kingdom Holding Company. Named by Time as the Arabian Warren Buffett, he was also arrested for corruption once.

 14 Adam Neumann

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Famous As: Co-founder of WeWork
Birthdate: March 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Adam Neumann is an Israeli-American businessman. He is credited with co-founding the popular commercial real estate company, WeWork, which he established in 2010 alongside his wife Rebekah Neumann and Miguel McKelvey. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Adam Neumann had aspirations like becoming the first trillionaire, living forever, and becoming president of the world.

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 15 Frederick Trump

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kallstadt, Germany
Died: May 30, 1918

 16 Paul Pelosi

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Famous As: Businessperson
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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 17 Eva Angelina

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California, USA

Known for her busty frame and her dazzling smile, award-winning porn star Nicole Tyler, better known by her pseudonym, Eva Angelina, had entered the porn industry through a newspaper ad. She filmed her first sex scene just 3 months after turning 18. She is now a qualified real-estate agent.

 18 William Penn

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Famous As: Founder of the Province of Pennsylvania
Birthdate: October 14, 1644
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 30, 1718

William Penn was a writer and one of the earliest members of the Quakers. He is credited with founding the Province of Pennsylvania. He also oversaw the planning and development of the city of Philadelphia. Penn has several universities and schools named in his honor, including the William Penn University in Iowa. 

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 19 George P. Bush

George P. Bush
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, U.S.

 20 Arthur Blank

Arthur Blank
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sunnyside, New York, United States

 21 Lee Miglin

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Famous As: Former Real estate developer
Birthdate: July 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westville, Illinois, United States
Died: May 4, 1997

 22 Larry A. Silverstein

Larry A. Silverstein
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, United States

 23 Carole Baskin

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Famous As: Big-Cat Rights Activist
Birthdate: June 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bexar County, Texas, United States

Carole Baskin gained recognition after being featured in a documentary series titled Tiger King, which follows her feuds with private zoo operator Joe Exotic. As the CEO of a non-profit animal sanctuary called Big Cat Rescue, Carole condemns private zoos. She has also been the subject of conspiracy theories pertaining to the disappearance of her second husband Don Lewis.

 24 Michael Chang

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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States

Michael Chang is an American retired professional tennis player. Chang became the youngest male player in Grand Slam history to win a major title when he won the 1989 French Open at the age of 17. In 2008, he was made an inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Since 2014, Chang has been coaching Japanese player Kei Nishikori.

 25 Walter Keane

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Famous As: Real-Estate Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Died: December 27, 2000

 26 Cheryl Crane

Cheryl Crane
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Famous As: Real estate broker
Birthdate: July 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 27 Kevin Paffrath

Kevin Paffrath
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Famous As: Businesspeople, Politician
Birthdate: January 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Germany

 28 Fredrik Eklund

Fredrik Eklund
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Famous As: Real estate broker
Birthdate: April 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akalla, Stockholm, Sweden

 29 John Jacob Astor

John Jacob Astor
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 17, 1763
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Walldorf, Germany
Died: March 29, 1848

 30 David A. Siegel

David A. Siegel
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Famous As: President of Westgate Resorts
Birthdate: May 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 31 John C. Malone

John C. Malone
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Famous As: Business Tycoon, Philanthropist
Birthdate: March 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milford, Connecticut, US

Billionaire businessman John C. Malone is currently the chairman of Liberty Media, Liberty Global, and Qurate Retail Group. Previously, he was the CEO of Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI). He is also believed to be the largest private landowner in USA. He established the Malone Family Foundation and has given away millions of dollars in charity, especially to educational institutions. 

 32 Ryan Serhant

Ryan Serhant
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Famous As: Real Estate Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

 33 Jim Bob Duggar

Jim Bob Duggar
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Famous As: Reality Star, Politician
Birthdate: July 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Springdale, Arkansas, United States

 34 Jason Mesnick

Jason Mesnick
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 35 Rick Steiner

Rick Steiner
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Famous As: Wrestlers
Birthdate: March 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

 36 Ian Schrager

Ian Schrager
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, USA

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.

 37 Haviland Morris

Haviland Morris
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA

 38 Oleg Deripaska

Oleg Deripaska
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor, Businessperson
Birthdate: January 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russian SFSR

Oleg Deripaska is a Russian industrialist. He is credited with founding one of the country's largest industrial groups, Basic Element. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Deripaska is credited with establishing Russia's largest charitable foundation, Volnoe Delo Foundation. A humanitarian, Oleg Deripaska donated money during the COVID-19 pandemic to build hospitals in Siberia.

 39 Stephen M. Ross

Stephen M. Ross
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 40 Sam Zell

Sam Zell
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Famous As: American Businessman
Birthdate: September 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, US

 41 Alex Spanos

Alex Spanos
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Famous As: Real Estate Developer
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.

 42 Brenda Bakke

Brenda Bakke
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States

 43 Katherine Harris

Katherine Harris
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Key West, Florida, U.S.

 44 Lauren Lake

Lauren Lake
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 45 Zygi Wilf

Zygi Wilf
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: April 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 46 Alice Dixson

Alice Dixson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.

 47 Charles Keating

Charles Keating
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died: March 31, 2014

 48 Adi Godrej

Adi Godrej
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: April 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

 49 Gary Herbert

Gary Herbert
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: American Fork, Utah, U.S.

 50 Tessa Grafin von Walderdorff

Tessa Grafin von Walderdorff
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: February 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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