INDUSTRY: Real Estate
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: Before Thomas Kramer, South Beach was a very different place. His developments (Portofino, Yacht Club, Continuum, Murano, Murano Grande, Icon, Apogee) transformed the once-blighted community into a sophisticated, world-class destination. Kramer was recently deemed an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability” by the United States government, due to his achievements as an entrepreneur and real estate investor. He is also an active philanthropist, and his Thomas Kramer Foundation has benefited many local and national charities. He often lends out his Star Island estate (rumored to be the island’s largest) for worthy causes, including the annual kick-off event for Art Basel, which has been sponsored by Haute Living for the past two years.