-The Esquire 100 - Robert Booth
Back in 2002, Canadian-born Robert Booth was sitting in Al Hakawati café off Sheikh Zayed Road with Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar.
Alabbar then pointed to the piece of empty land across defence roundabout and suggested they build something there that the whole world would talk about. And so Downtown Dubai was born…
After having a starring role in the spectacular growth of Emaar, Booth left the group four years ago to start his own property company Ellington Group (though he still works as an advisor to Alabbar). And it appears the magic dust has stayed in his pocket.
Booth has 11 high-end residential projects under development in Dubai, and by the end of this year is estimated to have bagged over US$1billion in revenues.