A Visionary Developer
Mr. Ross is chairman of Related Companies, an industry-leading, international real estate development company best known for the development of Time Warner Center in New York City and the 28-acre Hudson Yards development on Manhattan's west side. Related Companies is one of the largest owners of affordable housing nationally. Mr. Ross is also the owner of the Miami Dolphins.
Mr. Ross has risen to be one of the country’s preeminent developers and has become known for his creativity and for specializing in destination mixed-use complexes that combine office space, hotels, shopping, and restaurants.
I surround myself with the brightest people possible by creating an environment where they can learn, grow and really be part of things, my role is simple: I bring everyone together with the resources they need to maximize their talent.
The name Stephen M. Ross is already familiar to many University of Michigan students and alumni.
The Ross name stands for an unparalleled commitment to excellence, an enduring sense of civic responsibility, and business brilliance. In naming the business school for Mr. Ross, we reflect these values.
Mr. Ross founded his company in 1972. He remembers writing up a business plan in which he charted his strengths and the areas he needed to be complemented. “The most important thing is to surround yourself with really great, smart people and to create an environment where everyone can benefit,” he said.
The University of Michigan made a difference in my life. I know firsthand the truly exceptional academic programs Michigan offers its students. The days I spent here laid the foundation for my career and taught me lessons I will never forget.