Stephen M. Ross is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Related Companies. Mr. Ross formed the company in 1972 and today the company includes over 2,000 professionals. Related has developed over $20 billion in real estate and owns real estate assets valued at over $15 billion made up of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office, trade show and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. Mr. Ross is also the majority owner of the Miami Dolphins and Stadium.
Mr. Ross began his career in Detroit, Michigan as a tax attorney. He later moved to New York where he specialized in real estate and corporate finance at two investment banking firms immediately prior to founding Related. Mr. Ross graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and from Wayne State University Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. He then received a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law. In 2004, The University of Michigan renamed its business school the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Mr. Ross is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Equinox Holdings, Inc. and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Guggenheim Foundation, Mr. Ross was involved in the planning of a major renovation of the Frank Lloyd Wright iconic building in New York and other new museums. He is a trustee of New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Urban Land Institute, the NY Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, the Levin Institute and is a director of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the World Resources Institute. He also serves on the Executive Committee and is a trustee of Lincoln Center.
Over the years, Mr. Ross has received numerous honors for his business, civic, and philanthropic activities. Most recently, he was named Multi-Family Property Executive of the Year by Commercial Property News and Housing Person of the Year by the National Housing Conference. In 2007 he received The National Building Museum Honor Award and in 2005, REBNY presented him with the Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award. In 2003, he received the Jack D. Weiler Award from UJA. Crain’s New York named Mr. Ross one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Business in 2002. Mr. Ross was recognized by NYC & Company with their 2002 Leadership in Tourism Award. Mr. Ross was the 2001 honoree for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Promise Ball. Earlier that year he received the Henry Pearce Award presented by the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged. Mr. Ross was named Owner & Developer of the Year by New York Construction News in 2000.