You might call billionaire developer and art collector Jorge M. Pérez “Mr. Miami.”
Not only does his Related Group of Florida create some of the city’s most noteworthy buildings, this son of Cuban émigrés is also a vice chairman of the Dolphins NFL team, and his name is on the institution once known as the Miami Art Museum and now called the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).
We caught up with Pérez, 67, to get a sense of the grand accounting of his life.
Square footage of the multicolored drip-painting mural by Brooklyn-based artist Markus Linnenbrink at Related’s just-opened SLS Brickell hotel and residences, designed by Philippe Starck and Arquitectonica founder Bernardo Fort-Brescia.
Artworks on display at any given time inside and in the sculpture gardens of his two South Florida homes. Favorites from the current crop in rotation are by painter and printmaker Alex Katz (painting above) and multidisciplinary artist Kiki Smith.
Designer suit brands in his closets. “I’m an Italian-suit person,” says Pérez, who stocks up at Miami men’s shop Damiani. “I buy Zegna (left), Armani and Brioni.”
Total value of Related Group’s 70-plus real estate ventures currently in development or recently completed, including the upcoming Hyde Resort & Residences, designed by Brazilian architect Debora Aguiar, in Hollywood Beach, Fla.
Cities, both domestic and foreign, he’s visited this year for work or pleasure. His stops in Tokyo, Kyoto and the Noto Peninsula, on his first-ever trip to Japan, were recent favorites.
Events he’ll host during Art Basel, not least an unveiling at PAMM of Jaume Plensa’s monumental public sculpture, “Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda,” and private art-viewing parties at his homes.
Executive seats on his Citation X jet, the private plane he uses for most of his travels. As for how many miles he’s logged in the skies so far this year, he says that’s “too many to figure out.”
Number of days a week he eats out. His faves are Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Bazaar Mar by José Andrés (dessert pictured above) and Il Gabbiano, all in Miami.