Bruce Ratner is the Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, a New York-based real estate development company which he started in 1985.
One of the largest urban real estate developers in the country, he has , over the last twenty-five years, developed forty-four ground up projects in the New York city area.
He is the majority owner and developer of Barclays Center Arena. By bringing the first major professional sports team to Brooklyn since the Dodgers left in 1957, Mr. Ratner is recognized for making Barclays Center the home of the Brooklyn Nets. The arena is part of Mr. Ratner’s Atlantic Yards development, a project in Brooklyn, which will include 6,400 residential units.
In addition to Barclays Center, Mr. Ratner recently 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.
The company’s MetroTech Center, a nine building corporate campus, employing 18,000 workers and located in downtown Brooklyn has often been credited with helping spur the renaissance of downtown Brooklyn.
He currently serves on a number of boards including Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and is the chairman of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
Mr. Ratner is a graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia University School of Law. He holds honorary degrees from Brooklyn College, the Pratt institute and Long Island University.