FORMER CHAIRMAN, PERRY ELLIS INTERNATIONAL, DORAL
George Feldenkreis moved to Miami in 1961 from Cuba. In 1969, he founded Supreme International with his brother Isaac. They manufactured school uniforms and traditional Latin four-pocket linen shirts that earned George Feldenkreis the title “king of guayaberas.”
Supreme International went public in 1993 and became Perry Ellis International after acquiring the brand in 1999. The company designs, distributes and licenses men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. It employs more than 2,400.
He grew the company into a multinational corporation with annual revenue of nearly $1 billion.
A series of feuds with the company’s board of directors led the Feldenkreises to take the company private in 2018 in a $437-million deal.