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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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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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Fred Trump
(American Real Estate Developer and Father of Former US President 'Donald Trump')
Fred 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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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
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Bernard Arnault
(Chairman & CEO of LMVH)
Bernard Arnault
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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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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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Frederick Trump
(Businessman)
Frederick Trump
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Birthdate: March 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kallstadt, Germany
Died: May 30, 1918
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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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Drew Scott
(Actor, Realtor)
Drew Scott
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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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Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
(English Property Developer, Founder and Chief Executive of ‘Banda’ Property)
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
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Birthdate: 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England

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.

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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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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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Al-Waleed bin Talal
(Business magnate)
Al-Waleed bin Talal
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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.
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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
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George P. Bush
(Politician)
George P. Bush
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Birthdate: April 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, U.S.
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Arthur Blank
(Businessman)
Arthur Blank
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Birthdate: September 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sunnyside, New York, United States
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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
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Cheryl Crane
(Real estate broker)
Cheryl Crane
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Birthdate: July 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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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
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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
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Fredrik Eklund
(Real Estate Broker Known for His Stint in the Reality TV Series 'Million Dollar Listing: New York')
Fredrik Eklund
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Birthdate: April 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akalla, Stockholm, Sweden

Fredrik Eklund is a Swedish real estate broker, TV personality, and former IT entrepreneur. He achieved international recognition when he became one of five brokers to be featured on the popular American reality television series, Million Dollar Listing New York. Fredrik Eklund is also credited with founding a real estate brokerage firm called Eklund Stockholm New York.

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Rick Steiner
(Wrestlers)
Rick Steiner
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Birthdate: March 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
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Ryan Serhant
(Real Estate Entrepreneur)
Ryan Serhant
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Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
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Kevin Paffrath
(Businesspeople, Politician)
Kevin Paffrath
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Birthdate: January 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Germany
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Oleg Deripaska
(Entrepreneur, Investor, Businessperson)
Oleg Deripaska
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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.

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

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Haviland Morris
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Birthdate: September 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA
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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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Sam Zell
(American Businessman)
Sam Zell
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Birthdate: September 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, US
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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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Katherine Harris
(Politician)
Katherine Harris
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Birthdate: April 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Key West, Florida, U.S.
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Brenda Bakke
(Actress)
Brenda Bakke
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Birthdate: May 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States
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Lauren Lake
(Lawyer)
Lauren Lake
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Birthdate: August 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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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.  

Tessa Grafin von Walderdorff
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Birthdate: February 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Abe Saffron
(Hotelier, nightclub owner and property developer)
Abe Saffron
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Birthdate: October 6, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Annandale, New South Wales, Australia
Died: September 15, 2006
 38 
Gary Herbert
(Politician)
Gary Herbert
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Birthdate: May 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: American Fork, Utah, U.S.
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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
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Ross Perot, Jr.
(Business person)
Ross Perot, Jr.
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Birthdate: November 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, U.S.
 41 
Leung Chun-ying
(3rd Chief Executive of Hong Kong)
Leung Chun-ying
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Birthdate: August 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
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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
 43 
Harry Triguboff
(Entrepreneur)
Harry Triguboff
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Birthdate: March 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalian, China
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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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Zachary Bogue
(Entrepreneur & Lawyer)
Zachary Bogue
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Birthdate: December 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
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Charles Palmer-Tomkinson
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Birthdate: January 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampshire, England
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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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Vikram Gokhale
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Birthdate: October 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pune, Bombay Presidency, British India
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Franceso Aquilini
(Canadian Businessman & MD of 'Aquilini Investment Group')
Franceso Aquilini
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Francesco Aquilini is a Canadian investor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best known as the managing director of Aquilini Investment Group, a company renowned for its ownership of the famous professional ice hockey team, The Vancouver Canucks. Francesco Aquilini and his family have also established various charitable organizations through their business ventures.

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Aras Agalarov
(Real estate entrepreneur)
Aras Agalarov
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Birthdate: November 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan