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Real Estate Magnate Means Business

Edward J. Minskoff stands at podium

Real Estate Magnate Means Business

“To say that Edward Minskoff is a developer would be like saying Picasso was a painter.”

That’s how the New York Sun once described Minskoff, ’62 (Business), one of America’s preeminent developers.

His portfolio includes roughly 40 million square feet of real estate. But the Spartan philanthropist has never forgotten his alma mater.

In September, he gave $30 million toward the Business Pavilion at the Eli Broad College of Business. His gift to MSU is the largest single gift ever from an individual.

Minskoff is known for building landmark spaces that radiate elegance and style. His aesthetic concern is central to his intent.

“Buildings are an art form,” he told the Sun.

And art is his passion: ARTnews has listed Minskoff and his wife, Julie, among the world’s top 200 art collectors.

Minskoff’s ?nancial support to his alma mater began in 1964.

Today, the Julie and Edward J. Minskoff Gallery in the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Mu-seum is named in their honor. Mr. Minskoff lent his expertise to MSU during construction of the Zaha Hadid-designed art museum. The university bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate of business degree in 2009.

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