Ghermezian family

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The Ghermezian family
Ethnicity Persian Jews
Current region Canada, United States
Place of origin Iran
Estate Edmonton, Canada

The Ghermezian family (Persian: خانواده قرمزیان‎) is a Iranian Canadian family of Iranian Jewish origins who have developed several of the world's largest shopping malls. The family's holdings include the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota and the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta.[1][2] In 2011, the family's Triple Five Group acquired the troubled Xanadu Meadowlands project in New Jersey. Triple Five renamed the project American Dream Meadowlands and has announced a major expansion and revamping of the under-construction mall, now expected to open in the fall of 2016.

Origin and Brothers[edit]

The patriarch of the family, Jacob Ghermezian, (1902 – January 3, 2000)[3] moved from Iran to Canada with his four sons in 1964.[4] The four, Eskandar, Nader, Raphael and Bahman grew the family rug business into a real estate and construction empire. [4]

Family Awards[edit]

  • Great Canadian Award
  • The Family of the Century Award - Alberta Centennial - Canada

Notable Family Members[edit]


  1. ^ Mall Of America Goes To Canadians -
  2. ^ Mall of America May Double in Size, Add Casino - Business And Money | Business News | Financial News -
  3. ^ Calgary, The (2008-06-08). "Biographies: Born 1902-1905". 
  4. ^ a b The Ghermezians build the West Edmonton Mall - CBC Archives
  5. ^ Chapman, Lizette (2 October 2014). "Appboy Raises $15 Million to Help Businesses Improve Mobile Marketing". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 December 2014.