Robert Santiago, the mega mall creator!

Born and raised in Joao Pessoa, Robert Santiago attended Pio X-Marist College and obtained a degree in Business Administration. He also joined the University Center of Joao Pessoa and began his career journey at a Brazillian based manufacturer company called Cafe Santa Rosa. But this man had bigger dreams and ended up quitting this job to pursue entrepreneurship by starting his own company that specialized in selling cartoons made out of cardboard. His first companies name was called Cartoonage.


This power move was not the end of his entrepreneurship spirit. Roberto Santiago then furthered his career by venturing into real estate in the late 80’s. The year was 1987 when he decided to purchase land to open the Manaira Mall. In the city of Joao, this mall sits on 75,000 meters of land! That is very impressive compared to the nearby shopping malls that are half the dimensions. But it took Roberto two long years to have the courage to turn his dream mall into reality.


1989 was the year the mall was opened, and it has been a mega landmark ever since. This massive mall consists of 280 stores and even has a state of the art movie theater with 11 cinema rooms and the most up to date technology, several delicious places to satisfy your hunger, a humongous arcade that is more like an electronic amusement park, an innovative gym with all the bells and whistles and a college! They even have one of the largest concert halls located on the roof of this mall called The Domus Hall. Think of the Beverly Center ( the mall in Beverly Hills) on steroids, and that is what this mall is like.


Business real estate mogul Roberto Santiago was not finished expanding his dream. He continued his vision and opened up an entirely new mall in 2013 called the Mangerira. This mall is just as lovely if not better than its sister mall Manaira. The fact that the malls bring thousands of visitors each year speaks volumes. The presence of the mega malls has brought other business owners to this town which boosted the entire economy of the community. Plus the property value surrounding the mall has gone up significantly. He has single-handedly raised the bar for his community and gave back in the same breath.


Roberto’s success was not handed to him and did not come easy. He attributes his massive wealth to hard work, dedication, and perseverance and commitment to greatness. Without his vision, this town would have never had an economic boom and would have stayed behind times. He was the real estate agent to bring the developers together and make money moves. He also has other ventures in trading, sportsmanship, and other businesses. He is an all around down to earth kind of guy. He knows where he came from and he never forgets that.


Wes Edens Finds Success With Multiple Business Ventures

Wes Edens is a successful businessman that is a co-founder and principal with Fortress Investment Group. He is also the co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks team that competes in the National Basketball Association.

Wes Edens is a native New Yorker that was born in 1961. He relocated to the other side of the country after high school to attend college at Oregon State University. Edens graduated from OSU in 1984 with bachelor’s degrees in finance and business administration.

Edens took to Wall Street following graduation and in 1987 landed employment with Lehman Brothers where he worked for six years. The next rung on the ladder for Edens was an executive position with BlackRock Asset Investors and he credits the time he stayed with the company as being instrumental to his development of the skills he would later need to run his own ventures.

The global investment manager Fortress Investment Group was founded in 1998 and Wes Edens was counted amongst the company’s original founders and principals. The grew in influence quickly and became the first of its kind in 2007 to go public on the New York Stock Exchange when the company made eight percent of its shares available to the public for a price of $600 million.

Wes Edens partnered with Marc Lasry in 2004 to execute the purchase of the Bucks for $550 million. A condition of the sale was that Eden and Lasry had to agree that the team would remain in the state of Wisconsin in addition to beginning construction on a new arena that would replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center that has been the team’s home in its recent history.

A recent project of Edens is his Brightline service that is the sole passenger train system owned privately in America. The train line offers only a few routes at this time but an aggressive plan for growth is in place.

Edens and the other principals at Fortress executed a sale of the firm to the Japanese company SoftBank Group earlier this year. The sale, which took place at a price tag of $3.3 billion, allows the company structure to stay in place and keeps intact the same leadership.Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers joins Milwaukee Bucks ownership team

The estimated personal net worth of Wes Edens is $1.2 billion

A Delicious Vin for a Charitable Cause: Jeremy Goldstein’s Fountain House Wine Dinner

On May 22, 2018, Jeremy Goldstein, along with Jim Finkel and Omar Khan, hosted a splendid dinner with vintage wine to help support Fountain House. The wine was some of the best vintages of Chateau Latour wine. Fountain House is an organization that helps people overcome mental illness.


Mental illness can stifle one’s life. It can prevent you from keeping a job, finishing your education, being present in relationships, having monetary insight, and taking care of oneself. Fountain House helps with all these life skills that might be daunting for someone with a mental illness. Fountain House was founded in 1944 by six people who were patients at the Rockland State Hospital in Orangeburg, New York. In 1948, the small group, as well as supporters, bought a building in New York City. They named it Fountain House because the garden had a fountain. Fountain House’s mission is to help provide opportunities for people with mental illness to live, work, and learn, while gaining mutual support within their community.


Jeremy Goldstein, who is a member on the board of directors at Fountain House, has been able to accomplish this mission. He has helped create initiatives to help people with mental illness become active, contributing members of their community. The proceeds from this wine dinner will help create programs for mental health in New York City, create programs based on research and knowledge on how to overcome mental illness, and create advocacy for people who live with mental illness. Programs like these have raised the standard of living for people who suffer from mental illness.


Jeremy Goldstein has immense pride in the accomplishments of Fountain House. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2010. Jeremy Goldstein holds a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. cum laude with distinction from Cornell University. He runs his own law firm, Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates LLC. His forte is corporate law.


Jeremy Goldstein is also chair of the Merges & Acquisition Subcommittee of the Executive Compensation Committee of the American Bar Association Business Section. He is also one of the leading executive compensation lawyers in America. The past ten years, Jeremy Goldstein was involved with some of the largest corporate transactions.


The Fountain House wine dinner is to be one of the top fundraisers in New York City this year!


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