Ghermezian family

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The Ghermezian family
Current regionNorth America, Asia
Place of originIran
Estate(s)Triple Five Group, Braze

The Ghermezian family is a Persian Jewish family who have developed several of the world's largest shopping malls.

Origin and brothers[edit]

The patriarch of the family, Jacob Ghermezian, (1902 – January 3, 2000)[1] moved from Iran to Canada with his four sons in 1964.[2] The four sons, Eskandar, Nader, Raphael and Bahman, grew the family rug business into a large real estate and construction company.[2]


The family's estates include the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta and the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.[3][4] and many other businesses. In 2011, the family's Triple Five Group acquired the troubled Xanadu Meadowlands project in New Jersey. Triple Five renamed the project American Dream and announced a major multi billion dollar expansion and revamping of the under-construction mall, now on track to open in October 2019.

Family members[edit]

  • Jacob Ghermezian, founder of the Triple Five Group
  • Nader Ghermezian, chairman of the Triple Five Group
  • Don Ghermezian, CEO of the Triple Five Group
  • Mark Ghermezian, founder and Executive Chairman of Braze, Inc (formerly Appboy)[5][6] [7]


  1. ^ Calgary, The (2008-06-08). "Biographies: Born 1902-1905". Archived from the original on 2012-11-10.
  2. ^ a b The Ghermezians build the West Edmonton Mall - CBC Archives
  3. ^ Mall Of America Goes To Canadians -
  4. ^ Mall of America May Double in Size, Add Casino - Business And Money | Business News | Financial News -
  5. ^ Chapman, Lizette (2 October 2014). "Appboy Raises $15 Million to Help Businesses Improve Mobile Marketing". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  6. ^ Rusli, Evelyn (April 4, 2012). "Heirs to Old Money Plunge Into Tech". New York Times. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
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