Jeff Greene was born in 1954 in Worcester, Massachusetts. His father ran a business selling used textile machinery and his mother was a religious school teacher. His parents taught and instilled in him a strong set of values that would become the basis of a long career in real estate investment and development and business.
Greene worked his way through The Johns Hopkins University teaching religious school three days per week, checking ID’s outside the Hopkins gym and working winter vacations as a busboy and waiter at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. He received a Bachelor's degree in economics and sociology in just two and a half years. After Johns Hopkins, Greene worked on- the- road as a circus promoter for almost 3 years, saving the seed capital for what would become a billion dollar real estate portfolio. After 3 years of hard work, Greene went back to Harvard Business School where he received his Masters in Business Administration in 1979.
While at Harvard, Greene began investing in residential real estate by purchasing a 3-family home not far from the business school, where he would reside while getting his MBA. He gained a quick understanding of the real estate business and by the time he completed his second year at Harvard Business School, he had accumulated 18 properties and a net worth of over a million dollars. After business school, Greene moved to Los Angeles where he successfully navigated a roller coaster real estate market through the 80s and 90s. By 2006, he had accumulated a $1 billion real estate portfolio. Concerned about the possible collapse of the real estate market, he devised a hedge for that portfolio in which he shorted what he determined were enormously overvalued subprime mortgage-backed securities. His investment has been described as the most successful trade in history by an individual on Wall Street.
Greene manages a vast portfolio of financial investments in real estate and hospitality. He is an active philanthropist supporting a variety of charities and is a signatory to the Buffet-Gates Giving Pledge. Jeff Greene and his wife Mei Sze are the parents of three young children and reside in Palm Beach.
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