FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, MANA GROUP, MIAMI
Mana grew up poor in Tel Aviv, the second of five children. After immigrating to New York City in the early 1980s, he slept on park benches while working his first job as a dishwasher. He started a successful moving company, then moved into real estate development, which has made him a billionaire. He owns more than $400 million in property in downtown Miami and is said to be the city’s biggest landlord. “Through repeated trial and error, I learned that my mission in life was to cultivate an environment that connects people, cultures and businesses from all over the globe,” he says.
|EDUCATION||The school of hard knocks. I did attend Tel Aviv University for about a year but quickly realized my true passion lay in entrepreneurship.|
|ALTERNATE CAREER?||I’d be a movie producer.|