Ari Rastegar is the chief executive officer as of spring 2021 of Rastegar Property Company, a real estate investment house that he started in Austin, Texas, in 2015.
The company specializes in development and ownership investments in Texas and much of the rest of the southern U.S. In January 2021, Rastegar launched a $200 million real estate investment trust targeting older multifamily properties across the Sun Belt. The wider company also focuses on sectors considered to be largely recession-proof, including self-storage and discount retail.
Rastegar got his start in commercial real estate in 2006, when he took a small loan from a friend’s father while a law student at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio to invest in a single-family project in nearby Spring Branch. (Rastegar earned an English degree from Texas A&M before law school.)
Before venturing out on his own, he spent two years as vice president of investments for Chelsea Hotels.