Stephen M. Ross
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 estate
development firm he founded in 1972. Related is best known for
developing the Time Warner Center, where Ross lives and works, as well
as the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project. According to Forbes
magazine, Ross had a net worth of $12 billion. Ross is also the
principal owner of the
Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium.
Ross is a major benefactor of his alma mater, the University of
Michigan; with lifetime contributions of $378 million to the
university, he is the largest donor in university history.
According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Ross's higher education
gifts rank behind only those of fellow American billionaire New York
City mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose recent $350 million
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University increased his lifetime
total to $1.1 billion. The University of
Michigan renamed its
business school, the Ross School of Business, in Ross's honor in 2004,
after Ross made a $100 million gift to fund a new business-school
building. In September 2013, Ross donated $200 million to the
University ($100 million to the Business School and $100 million to
Michigan athletics), the largest single gift in the history of the
university; the University of
Michigan announced plans to rename the
university's athletics campus in his honor. Ross also gave $5
million to the athletic department's academic center and $1 million to
endow a professorship in real estate at the Ross School of
1 Early life and education
2.1 The Related Companies
2.2 Miami Dolphins
2.3 RSE Ventures
2.4 Kangaroo Media/FanVision
3 Civic and philanthropic activities
4 Honors and awards
5 Personal life
7 External links
Early life and education
Ross was raised in a
Jewish family in Detroit, where he went
to Mumford High School, and later graduated from Miami Beach
Senior High School. He attended the
University of Florida
University of Florida and then
transferred to the University of
Michigan Business School, where he
earned his bachelor's degree in accounting in 1962. He later received
Juris Doctor from the Wayne State School of Law in 1965 and an LL.M.
degree in Taxation from the
New York University
New York University School of Law in
1966. These later degrees were financed by a loan from his uncle,
the businessman Max Fisher, who Ross has called, "the most
important role model and inspiration for me in life".
Ross began his career as a tax attorney at Coopers & Lybrand in
Detroit. In 1968, he moved to New York City and accepted a position as
an assistant vice president in the real estate subsidiary of Laird
Inc. and then worked in the corporate finance department of Bear
Stearns. In 1972, he left employment and living off $10,000 lent to
him by his mother, he utilized his federal tax law knowledge to
organize deals for wealthy investors allowing them to shelter income
with the generous incentives granted by the federal government to
promote the construction of federally subsidized affordable
housing. He was very successful, earning $150,000 in his first
year, and he was soon arranging more complicated transactions.
Using his earnings along with his newfound experience, he started to
develop real estate on his own and with an emphasis on high-quality
architecture and engineering, he quickly earned a solid reputation in
the American real estate arena. With a focus on the northeastern
United States and Florida, he developed apartments, condominiums,
retail, office parks and mixed-use developments. In 1972, he founded
The Related Companies, a real estate development company.
The Related Companies
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Related is a fully integrated and diversified real estate development
company. Its business includes development, acquisitions, management,
finance, marketing and sales. Headquartered in New York City, Related
has offices and real estate developments in Boston, Chicago, Los
Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, South Florida, Abu Dhabi, and
Shanghai. The company directly employs approximately 2,000 people.
The company's existing portfolio of real estate assets, valued at over
$15 billion, is made up of mixed-use, residential, retail, office,
trade show and affordable properties in what the company calls
"premier high-barrier-to-entry markets." Related is the largest owner
of luxury residential rental properties in New York with over 5,000
units in its portfolio and has developed mixed-use projects such as
Time Warner Center
Time Warner Center in New York and CityPlace in West Palm Beach and is
currently developing the 26-acre Hudson Yards project on
Manhattan's west side. Related also manages approximately $1.5
billion of equity capital on behalf of sovereign wealth funds, public
pension plans, multi-managers, endowments, Taft Hartley plans and
Related also owns Equinox Fitness Clubs and a partnership interest in
Union Square Events, the catering, culture, sports, and events
business of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group.
In February 2008, Ross bought 50 percent of the Miami Dolphin
franchise, Dolphin Stadium and surrounding land from then-owner Wayne
Huizenga for $550 million, with an agreement to later become the
Dolphins' managing general partner. On January 20, 2009, Ross closed
on the purchase of an additional 45% of the team from Wayne Huizenga.
The total value of the deal was $1.1 billion. This means Ross
is now the owner of 95% of both the franchise and the stadium. Ross
announced his intention to keep
Bill Parcells as the director of
football operations. Parcells later stepped down from his position
shortly before the 2010 NFL season. Since buying the Dolphins, Ross
has brought in Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Venus Williams, and
Serena Williams, as minority owners of the team. In 2013, Ross made a
push to obtain multimillion-dollar public funding from the state of
Florida and Miami-Dade taxpayers to help renovate Sun Life Stadium,
the Dolphins' home field. After this effort failed in the Florida
legislature, a team spokesman said that Ross does not intend to move
the team but that under an eventual future owner the Dolphins' future
in the Miami area is bleak. Although Ross said he intends to keep
the Dolphins "in town", there has been speculation that the team may
seek to move out of Miami to a nearby locale such as Palm
RSE Ventures is a multi-national sports and entertainment venture firm
with a focus on new technologies. RSE Ventures was co-founded in
2012 by Ross and Matt Higgins (businessman), former Executive Vice
President of the New York Jets and current Vice Chairman of the
Miami Dolphins. RSE builds, owns and operates a variety of new
companies, including Preplay Sports, Thuzio, Poptip and
Carl Peterson own Kangaroo Media, producer of FanVision.
Civic and philanthropic activities
Ross was co-chair of the University of Michigan's fund raising
campaign, which was completed May 2007.
In 2004, Ross made the single largest contribution (at the time) to
the University of
Michigan by donating $100 million to the school.
The University renamed its business school,
Ross School of Business
Ross School of Business in
his honor. On September 12, 2013, it was announced Ross had committed
an additional $200 million gift to the University, to be distributed
equally among the
Ross School of Business
Ross School of Business and the University's
athletic department. It replaced Charlie Munger's 2013 contribution of
$115 million as the largest single gift in the University's
history.. On September 20, 2017, Ross donated an additional 50
million to the University of Michigan, the majority of which would
support career development programs for students, innovative
action-based learning experiences, and resources for attracting and
developing junior faculty.
He was on the executive committee of NYC2012, New York's initiative to
bring the summer Olympic Games to New York City in 2012, which failed
when London won. Ross is chairman of Equinox Holdings, and chairperson
emeritus of the
Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the city's
leading real estate trade association. As a member of the board of
trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Ross was involved in
the planning of a major renovation of the
Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright iconic
building and other new museums. He is a trustee of New York
Presbyterian Hospital, the Urban Land Institute, the NY Chapter of
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, the Levin
Institute and is a director of the
Jackie Robinson Foundation
Jackie Robinson Foundation and the
World Resources Institute. He also serves on the Executive
Committee and is a trustee of Lincoln Center.
Ross was a major supporter and contributor to the 2012 presidential
campaign of Mitt Romney.
He serves on the Board for the
Cornell Tech Campus, a $2B
redevelopment of Roosevelt Island including the Joan & Irwin
Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, a partnership between Cornell
University and the
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology that
when completed will house several thousand post-graduate students,
hundreds of faculty, and a high-tech business incubator.
On March 27, 2017, Ross cast the only "no" vote in the NFL owners'
31–1 "yes" decision on the
Oakland Raiders request for approval to
move to Las Vegas starting in the 2019 season. Ross said he had no
personal problems with Raiders owner Mark Davis and wished the
franchise well, but did not think the Raiders did everything they
could to stay in Oakland, and also that having 3 teams move within
only 15 months (the Rams and Chargers both moved to Los Angeles) was
not good for players or fans. Ross also stated prior to his Dolphins
playing the Chargers in their first home game since the move to Los
Angeles that he did not believe that Chargers owner Dean Spanos made
his best effort to stay in San Diego, making him a popular figure with
the betrayed San Diego fan base.
Ross invested in a partnership named RERI that was donated to the
Michigan in 2003. RERI obtained its own appraisal for
the donation in the amount of $32,935,000. The university sold the
Ross-donated remainder interest in December, 2005 for $1.94 million,
below the $6.5 million appraised value. The IRS denied the entire $33
million tax deduction and imposed a multi million dollar penalty in
July, 2017. Ross's long time accountant Alan Katz and business
associate, Harold Levine were instrumental in the partnership. They
are currently under criminal investigation for the tax plan.
Honors and awards
Over the years, Ross has received numerous honors for his business,
civic, and philanthropic activities. He was named the third Most
Powerful Person in New York Real Estate by the New York Observer,
Multi-Family Property Executive of the Year by Commercial Property
News, and Housing Person of the Year by the National Housing
Conference. He also received The National Building Museum Honor
Award, REBNY's Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award and
Jack D. Weiler Award from UJA. Crain's New York named Ross one of
the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Business and he was recognized by
NYC & Company with their Leadership in Tourism Award.
Ross and his wife
Kara Ross (née Gaffney), an entrepreneur and
jewelry designer, reside in New York with her two daughters
from a previous marriage. Ross has two of his own children from
his first marriage. The Rosses also own an 11,000 sq ft oceanfront
mansion in Palm Beach.
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