Haute 100 Miami Update: Jorge Pérez

Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—MiamiNew YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Real estate tycoon Jorge Pérez fills Miami with high-profile developments, but his own home is filled with extraordinary artwork, and as board member of the Miami Art Museum, he is a passionate supporter of MAM’s new transitions.

Jorge Pérez

Category: Originators

Company: Related Group

Industry: Real Estate

What Made Him Haute: Pérez’s company has a tagline of “redefining cities and skylines,” and it lives up to that reputation. Since its inception, Related Group has built more than 55,000 apartments and condos, and currently leads South Florida as the top multi-family developer. Related Group reigns as the U.S.’s largest Hispanic-owned business, a fact that landed Pérez on Time’s list of the top 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States. He may have made a name for himself with the development of properties like the new ICON Brickell, but he got his start in the affordable housing market, selling properties in Little Havana and Homestead. He is also a noted art collector and a big proponent of art in public places, which is evident at his many Miami properties. He’s on the board for the National Endowment for the Arts and is very active with many local arts organizations as well.

What Makes Him Haute Now: The founder and chairman of the Related Group can usually be found running Miami’s biggest residential real-estate developments, but when Pérez is not dressed in perfectly tailored business attire, the avid art collector can be found at fairs like Art Basel Miami Beach, working on adding non-Latin pieces to his impressive collection. The walls of his Related offices are covered with a newer generation of artists, while his Coconut Grove villa on the edge of Biscayne Bay, once owned by Howard Hughes, features his impressive collection of nearly 400 Latin American holdings. “Art is part of my life,” Pérez says. “It makes my life better.”

Pérez sits on the board of the Miami Art Museum, which recently named its new director, Thomas “Thom” Collins, former director of New York’s Neuberger Museum of Art. This appointment coincides with MAM’s transition into a groundbreaking Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in downtown’s Museum Park, which is slated to open in 2013. Pérez is a strong supporter of the major expansion plan and says, “If the building gets built, [he] would like for [his] collection to be put there.” Adding that Miami is “geared toward the presentation of Latin American art. We’re geographically and culturally positioned for it. This is the capital of Latin America and also a very international city.”