COMPANY: Coastal Construction Group
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: At age 19, Murphy became Florida’s youngest-ever licensed general contractor. When he was 21, he co-founded Seaboard Construction, Inc. After buying out his partners, Murphy sold Seaboard in 1989 to one of the largest builders in the world. 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.