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Tom Murphy Jr.

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

To have the bragging rights to say you were Florida’s youngest-ever licensed general contractor at the ripe age of 19, is no small feat. To have co-founded a company like Seaboard Construction at 21 is even more impressive. But to be able to buy out your partners and sell said company to one of the largest builders in the world puts you on the Haute 100 list. Along with his brother, Murphy founded the Coastal family of companies, which includes Coastal Construction, Coastal Condominiums, Coastal Interiors, and Coastal Homes. In total, the company has more than $1 billion in projects in the works, and Murphy oversees it all as chairman and CEO. Recently, Coastal completed St. Regis Resort and Residences in Bal Harbour, which also happens to be home to the only Jean-Georges restaurant in the city.

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Stuart Miller

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Using his years of experience and entrepreneurial wisdom, Stuart Miller’s company, Lennar, the third largest homebuilder in the nation, has been able to beat Wall Street’s estimates of its growth. Miller predicted that his company would make profit even if the economy did not strengthen. His confidence is due to careful planning and strategic building, which means knowing where to build and for whom. Thanks to Miller’s business sense, the shares of his rivals have also increased in value, which in turn helps grow the economy.

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