Jorge M. Pérez
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|Jorge M. Pérez|
Photo of Jorge Pérez
October 17, 1949 |
|Residence||Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Long Island University C.W. Post Campus
University of Michigan
|Occupation||Co-founder of [Related Group]|
|Net worth||$3.1 billion (May 2015)|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
Jorge M. Pérez (born October 17, 1949) is an American billionaire real estate developer, art collector, philanthropist and author. He is best known as the chairman and CEO of The Related Group. He is a longtime friend of U.S. president Donald Trump and has built Trump-branded properties.
Early life and education
Pérez was born in 1949 in Argentina (being therefore an Argentine citizen) to Cuban parents of Spanish origin, and lived in Colombia before moving to Miami in 1968. His father was the head of a pharmaceutical company that was nationalized by the Cuban government. He has a bachelor's degree from Long Island University C.W. Post Campus, and a master's degree from the University of Michigan. 
Pérez was an economic development director with the city of Miami before he entered the real estate business and became a developer. In 1979, he founded Related Group with New York builder Stephen M. Ross. Pérez built his fortune by building and operating low-income multi family apartments across Miami, then branched off into rental apartments before becoming one of the most prolific high-rise condo builders in the Southern United States. Pérez has owned 50 condo towers in various stages of completion in South Florida, Fort Myers and Las Vegas. He has been called the "Donald Trump of the Tropics".
Related Group had $2.1 billion in revenue in 2004, putting Pérez at the top of the Hispanic Business 500 during this period of time. He is an active Democratic fund raiser; he advised Bill Clinton on Cuba during his presidency and was an active fundraiser for the failed presidential campaign of Senator Hillary Clinton. In 2008, he also hosted and raised money for Barack Obama after he became the Democratic presidential nominee. 
On November 18, 2007, Related Group demolished the Sheraton at Bal Harbour to make way for a new project. The Sheraton at Bal Harbour, originally called the Americana, was created by architect Morris Lapidus, who also designed the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Eden Roc hotels. These buildings inspired Miami Modern Architecture (MiMo). 
However, with the financial crisis of 2007–2010, many of Related Group's projects were in financial strife as buyers, many of whom were speculators, refused to settle on their apartments or banks refused to grant home or property investment loans to the buyers. As a separate business, Pérez set up a hedge fund to buy distressed real estate. Before the financial crisis of 2007, Forbes pegged his wealth at $1.3 billion. As of March 2013, his wealth stands at 1.2 billion with a recent steady resurgence in Florida real estate prices.
Philanthropy and art
Pérez's personal and corporate art collection contains 1,000 pieces and includes work from Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Fernando Botero, Roberto Matta, Rubén Torres Llorca, Vhils, Jef Geys, Michael Loew, and Pablo Atchugarry.
In December 2011, Pérez donated $20 million to the Miami Art Museum to support the construction of its Herzog & de Meuron designed building. The museum was renamed the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). He also donated another $20 million in Latin American art to the institution. He donated $15 million more to the museum in 2016. The donation included $5 million in Cuban contemporary art. He has pledged to donate his entire collection to the museum after his death.
In addition to the Pérez Art Museum Miami he supports the Miami International Film Festival, National YoungArts Foundation, the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University and the University of Miami.
Pérez lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Darlene Pérez. He has four children. He is a member of the Democratic Party and has worked closely with the presidential campaigns for Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.   He is a friend and former business partner of Donald Trump (who wrote the foreword for Pérez's 2008 book, Powerhouse Principles).
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- Fusion TV: "Show Me Something - Miami developer Jorge Perez says he hasn't heard from Trump after rejecting the border wall" March 31, 2017
- related group.com
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- "Jorge Pérez — building a cultural legacy". Jordan Levin, Miami Herald. April 16 2016. Retrieved September 2 2017
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- Leon Krier. "Images of the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida". Bluffton.edu. Retrieved 2016-07-31.