George Feldenkreis

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs
COMPANY: Perry Ellis International

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: Feldenkreis left Cuba after Castro came into power and arrived in the U.S. with $700 in his pocket. He found success as an importer, which led to the founding of Supreme International in the late 1960s. The company began by importing guayabera shirts but grew exponentially over the decades and went public in 1993. In the late 90s, the company purchased the rights to Perry Ellis, and today, Supreme International is but one division of the international company which also includes Nike swimwear, Tommy Hilfiger ladies swimwear, and PING collection, amongst other brands. Feldenkreis, who is the CEO of the Miami-based Perry Ellis brand, also founded the Universal National Bank of Miami and is highly involved in many community institutions and programs.