2011 Milken Institute Summit
Chief Executive, Heron International
Gerald Ronson is CEO of global developer Heron International, the developer of Heron Plaza and its centerpiece, Heron Tower. Under his leadership, Heron International — which he founded in 1956 as the Heron Group — has developed 156 buildings in nine countries and more than 15,000 residential units in the U.K., U.S. and continental Europe. Ronson was also instrumental in introducing self-service petrol in the U.K.; his company has built 968 such stations since 1966 and still owns a significant number of them. A prolific fundraiser and philanthropist, Ronson spends 20 percent of his time each week helping various charitable causes. Through the Ronson Foundation, he has donated over £25 million, and he has established The Gerald Ronson Foundation to continue his philanthropic endeavors. He is directly responsible for raising more than £8 million each year for the charities in which he plays a leadership role.