2020 Power 100

Commercial Real Estate’s Most Powerful Players

By July 27, 2020 9:00 AM
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2020 Power 100.

When Commercial Observer discussed the concept for this year’s Power 100, we were in a slightly apocalyptic frame of mind.

While many people in the business have a vested interest in putting the sunniest possible slant on every misstep or ominous sign from the marketplace, very few are even paying lip service to those sentiments these days.

It’s bad out there. Bad as it’s ever been. Even those who have protected themselves from over-leveraged traps that plunged real estate into years of long, painful recession, have reason to worry… about everything, not least of which involves taking a step out of their home and dying a few weeks later of a horrible disease.

But even if we’re talking strictly business matters, everything is vulnerable. Multifamily has always been a safe bet (no matter what, people are going to need somewhere to live), but if nobody can afford their rent, how safe is it really?

When we first began putting together this list we thought: Who would be safest in a crisis like this one? (Answer: Industrial, suburbs, multifamily, life sciences and tech—and owners whose portfolios are unleveraged.) Who would be most damaged? (Hospitality, retail, empty new office.) Who will be most needed in the coming months? (Public health figures, proptech inventors—and definitely lawyers.) And who could offer the most amount of help? (City and state politicians and bureaucrats … there are so many that they got their own sidebar on the list.)

Yes, the landscape is bleak. Maybe not as grim as “Mad Max,” “Planet of the Apes” and “The Terminator.” But we have tried to spell out who from the real estate world—and beyond—will lead the city, the state and the nation’s real estate out of this crisis and into a better tomorrow.—M.G.

21 +2

Owen Thomas and Douglas Linde

Boston Properties 

23 -9

Jeff Sutton

Wharton Properties


Barry Sternlicht

Starwood Capital Group and Starwood Property Trust 

25 +1

Ron Moelis, Lisa Gomez and David Dishy

L+M Development Partners

26 +4

Tommy Craig



Bruce Mosler

Cushman & Wakefield

30 -10

Gary Barnett

Extell Development Company

31 -24

Jed Walentas

Two Trees


Bob Faith

Greystar Real Estate Partners

33 -4

Joseph Moinian

Moinian Group


Don Peebles

Peebles Corporation

35 -8

Paul Darrah



Adam Flatto

Georgetown Company

37 +6
39 +6
40 -5

Mitchell Steir and Mitchell Rudin

Savills North America