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Jorge M. Perez

Jorge M. Perez

Jorge M. Perez is the founder, Chairman and CEO of The Related Group of Florida, a leading builder of condominiums in Florida and one of the country’s premier real estate development firms.

He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cuban parents. Perez graduated from C.W. Post College in New York, and received a Masters in Urban Planning with highest honors from the University of Michigan. The Related Group is Florida’s top multi-family developer and the largest Hispanic­ owned business in the United States. He started out in the late 1970s, building in neighborhoods like Miami’s Little Havana and Homestead.

Perez has been at the forefront of South  Florida’s urban evolution, often  being the first developer to enter emerging or undiscovered neighborhoods. Among the Related Group’s most recognized properties in South Florida are Portofino Tower, Murano at Portofino, and Murano Grande, on South Beach.  In West Palm Beach, The Courtyards in CityPlace and The Tower Condominium at CityPlace have added a dynamic residential element to the shopping and entertainment center in the heart of this city.

In Miami, Perez helped lead the new downtown urbanism movement, developing One Miami on one of the last pieces of waterfront land at the intersection of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay.

Perez’s passion for vibrant urban centers is reflected in his community involvement in the arts and cultural affairs. Perez also serves as vice-chair on the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council and is a director of the Miami Film Festival. He serves on the Board of the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Perez is a member of the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees.

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