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