R. Donahue Peebles

CATEGORY: Originators
COMPANY: The Peebles Corporation
INDUSTRY: Real Estate

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: As the CEO and chairman of the Coral Gables-based Peebles Corporation, R. Donahue “Don” Peebles is the owner of the largest African-American real estate development firm in the country. The Peebles Corporation has a $4 billion portfolio of luxury hotels, condos, high-rises, and commercial properties in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Miami Beach. He is also a noted author and motivational speaker, which could stem from the time he spent in high school as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives. It resulted in a life-long love of politics, and there was talk this year he would run for mayor of D.C., but it didn’t come to fruition. In the meantime, he does serve on President Obama’s National Finance Committee.