CEO & CHAIRWOMAN, TURNBERRY, AVENTURA
Soffer oversees Turnberry’s retail, hospitality and office divisions, including Aventura Mall, to which she has brought new, upscale retailers and restaurants and has overseen a tri-level, 315,000-sq.-ft. expansion. What’s more, she has also installed museum-quality contemporary art at the mall, including a 93-foot-tall Carsten Höller slide and Louise Bourgeois’ surrealistic Eye Benches. “We want to expose people to arts whether they realize it or not,” she has said.
In partnership with the Terra Group, Turnberry is developing an 800-room, $362-million hotel, designed by Arquitectonica, for the Miami Beach Convention Center. Turnberry also owns and operates properties in Destin and Nashville. In 2019, Jackie and her brother Jeffrey — whose father is the famed Miami developer Donald Soffer, who developed the city of Aventura more than a half-century ago — divided Turnberry’s assets but continue to share ownership of Fontainebleau Aviation in Opa-locka, Turnberry’s properties in Nashville and SoLé Mia in North Miami.
Soffer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, where she studied Italian. In addition to running Turnberry, she is active in Miami’s art and design and philanthropic scenes. She is a member of the board of trustees for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, and is involved in local charities, including United Way of America, Achieve Miami and Best Buddies International.