Gary Garrabrant is chief executive officer and co-founder of Equity International. Mr. Garrabrant oversees all of the Company’s activities and investment portfolio. He is also executive vice president of Equity Group Investments, L.L.C. (EGI), the privately held investment company founded and led by Sam Zell. Mr. Garrabrant joined EGI in 1996 and founded Equity International with Mr. Zell in 1999.
Mr. Garrabrant has been the principal architect of Equity International (EI), recognized as a leading investor and builder of real estate-related companies, both public and private, operating outside of the United States. Homex (NYSE:HXM), Gafisa (NYSE:GFA) and BR Malls (BZ:BRML3) are among the EI portfolio companies distinguished by industry leadership and capital markets recognition. Mr. Garrabrant is chairman of Gafisa and a director of Equity International, and is the former vice chairman and director of Homex and a former director of NH Hoteles (MSE:NHH). Previously, Mr. Garrabrant was involved in the creation of Capital Trust (NYSE:CT) where he served as vice chairman and director, and in the formation of Equity Office Properties Trust. Prior to joining EGI, he co-founded Genesis Realty Capital Management and was a managing director in the real estate investment banking division of Chemical Bank and in a similar role with The Bankers Trust Company.
Mr. Garrabrant is a member of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies Advisory Board at the University of Notre Dame and the Real Estate Advisory Board at Cambridge University. He conceived and established the Garrabrant International Internship Program at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
Mr. Garrabrant graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in finance and completed the Dartmouth Institute at Dartmouth College.
Equity International is a privately held investment company focused exclusively on real estate-related businesses operating outside of the United States. Founded in 1999 by Sam Zell and Gary Garrabrant, Equity International is recognized as a leading international investor and partner of choice with multi-dimensional capability. With $1.5 billion raised and invested across 17 portfolio companies to-date, Equity International’s presence spans the globe and the real estate spectrum. Equity International's ownership comprises Sam Zell, Gary Garrabrant and the senior management team, and The Olayan Group. For more information, please visit www.equityinternational.com.