Forbes released its 34th annual Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans on Tuesday, and it features its fair share of major real estate players – including one famously coiffed developer who happens to be running for president.
While Bill Gates retains the top spot on the list for the 22nd straight year with a net worth of $76 billion, the real estate industry is well represented on the list. Donald Bren, chair of Southern California-based Irvine Company, is tops among developers with a net worth of $15.2 billion – good enough for 30th in the rankings.
Related Cos. founder Stephen Ross is second among real estate players – and the highest-ranked New York-based developer – with a net worth of $6.7 billion that places him 71st on the list. In South Florida, the highest-net-worth developer is Igor Olenicoff, a Lighthouse Point resident and founder of properties, who came in at No. 164 with a net worth of $3.6 billion.
Other South Florida developers making the rankings include LeFrak founder Richard LeFrak (76th, $6.1 billion), Related Group’s Chairman and CEO Jorge Perez (171st, $3.5 billion), and Palm Beach’s self-made billionaire Jeff Greene (194th, $3.3 billion).
But there is perhaps no higher-profile figure – developer or otherwise – on the list than Donald Trump, whose $4.5 billion fortune has him ranked 121st. The Trump Organization mogul and GOP presidential hopeful’s net worth has been a hot topic during his run for the White House, and Forbes has devoted a 15-page cover story in latest issue — titled “What’s Donald Trump Really Worth?” – to that very subject.
Trump declared a net worth exceeding $10 billion on financial disclosure forms required for his presidential campaign, though a Bloomberg analysis in July pegged that number at under $3 billion, with the majority of that fortune derived from real estate holdings.
But as Forbes quotes the Donald himself saying, “I look better if I’m worth $10 billion than $4 billion.” [Forbes] – Rey Mashayekhi