Billionaire developer, philanthropist speaks at Wayne Law

More than 200 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community and business leaders welcomed alumnus Stephen Ross for "An Evening with Stephen Ross at Wayne Law" on Thursday, April 9, at Wayne State University Law School.

Dean Jocelyn Benson provided a question-and-answer session with Ross, Wayne Law class of 1965, discussing his career and accomplishments for the past 50 years.

Speakers included WSU President M. Roy Wilson and Gov. Rick Snyder.

Ross has built a legacy of world-class real estate developments, philanthropy and NFL sports team ownership.

He is chairman and founder of Related Companies, through which he developed the Time Warner Center in New York City. His latest project, Hudson Yards, is described as building a new city within Midtown Manhattan. Formed in 1972, Related includes more than 2,500 professionals. It has developed more than $22 billion in real estate and owns real estate assets valued at more than $20 billion.

Ross also is owner of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. He is working on a project to combat bullying through sports.

Participants at the "An Evening with Stephen Ross at Wayne Law" event included, from left, Wayne State University first lady Jacqueline Wilson; WSU President M. Roy Wilson; Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson; Ross, Wayne Law class of 1965; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon J. Keith, Wayne Law master of laws class of 1956; and Gov. Rick Snyder.

Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

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