CEO, LANDSPIRE GROUP
WHY: Former NBA star who has become a notable player in the area’s commercial real estate scene, co-founding his own investment firm and striking up strategic partnerships with other local investors over the past few years. Made OC his home during his 15-year basketball career.
IN THE NEWS: With TPG as its anchor investor, said early this year that Irvine’s LandSpire plans to launch with a target of raising $500M.
NOTABLE: Stayed local when he made his first commercial investment in 2018, acquiring Sunflower Plaza, a shopping center and office building across the street from South Coast Plaza, an area poised for major redevelopment.