Michael Shvo is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of SHVO, a leading real estate owner, investor, and developer of unique and innovative luxury and landmark properties. SHVO currently oversees a portfolio of more than $8 billion, including residential, hospitality, and commercial space. Michael draws from his diverse background in real estate – from brokerage to marketing and sales to development – to guide his firm in creating and reimagining one-of-a-kind properties at some of the most important and sought-after locations in the world. In the world of luxury real estate, Michael Shvo represents a rare combination of business acumen and aesthetic sensibility.
Michael leads the firm’s investment and transaction strategy, capital markets, site selection, design and conceptualization. He anchors a team of some of the world’s most respected investors including pensions funds, insurance companies, financial institutions, and other leading institutional investors, who share SHVO’s vision of creating extreme value by elevating how people live and work.
Michael founded SHVO in 2004 and built a reputation for groundbreaking residential lifestyle concepts inspired by, and frequently in partnership with some of the world’s leading luxury brands. That included collaborations with world-renowned architects, designers, and fashion brands, including Lord Norman Foster, Peter Marino, Renzo Piano, Herzog & de Meuron, Rafael Vinoly, Jean-Michel Gathy & Philippe Starck.
Michael pioneered the marriage of fashion and real estate with Armani Casa at 20 Pine Street, a concept that continues to be emulated throughout the world.
Michael also has great passion for art and is known for creatively marrying the art and real estate worlds. In 2013, SHVO created the renowned public art installation “Sheep Station” in Manhattan, which transformed an empty former gas station in Chelsea into a whimsical scene of grassy hills and epoxy stone and bronze sheep sculptures by François-Xavier Lalanne. In late 2019, SHVO opened Les Lalanne at The Raleigh Hotel Gardens in Miami Beach.