Bruce Ratner was the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Forest City Ratner Cos., a New York-based real estate development company which he started in 1985.
As the leader of one of the largest urban real estate developers in the country, Mr. Ratner developed 52 ground-up projects in the New York City area over more than 30 years.
Mr. Ratner developed Barclays Center, the state-of-the-art entertainment venue in Brooklyn. By making Barclays Center the home of the Brooklyn Nets, Mr. Ratner is recognized for bringing the first major professional sports team to Brooklyn since the Dodgers left in 1957. The arena is part of the Pacific Park Brooklyn development, which, when completed, will include 6,400 residential units, 2,250 of which will be affordable. In addition to Barclays Center, Mr. Ratner completed several critically acclaimed buildings including New York by Gehry, a residential apartment building designed by architect Frank Gehry, and The New York Times Building, designed by architect Renzo Piano.
Mr. Ratner’s MetroTech Center, an 11-building corporate campus, is occupied by more than 20,000 workers and has often been credited with helping to catalyze the renaissance of Downtown Brooklyn.
He completed the redevelopment of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and Forest City was the master developer of the Bloomberg Center and Phase 1 of the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. In addition to guiding the development of the campus, the company developed and owned The Bridge, an office building designed to bring industry and academia together to spur innovation and the commercialization of new products and technologies.
Mr. Ratner currently serves on the boards of Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, where he is Chairman.
A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, Mr. Ratner holds honorary degrees from Brooklyn College, Medgar Evers College, Pratt Institute, and Long Island University.