Leader, Visionary, Philanthropist, Wolverine.


In September 2004, when New York real estate developer made his first $100 million gift to the Ross School, the University of Michigan Regents renamed the school Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Mr. Ross made history again, in September 2013, when he committed an additional $200 million to the university, distributed between the Ross School and the university’s athletic department.

"What inspired me to make the gift was that…the University of Michigan is an extraordinary institution unlike any other in the United States. It's a place of commitment, compassion and camaraderie. It is a place of academic excellence and esteem, one that feels more like a large extended family than a large public university."

In 2017, he donated an additional $50 million to the business school. Today, his lifetime giving to the university is $378 million, making him the university’s largest donor.

Stephen M. Ross Gift

Stephen M. Ross Gift

Watch the press conference following Mr. Ross’ 2013 gift to the University of Michigan


U-Michigan to Receive $200 Million From Prominent Real Estate Developer Stephen M. Ross

U-M alumnus Stephen M. Ross donates $200 million to the U-M - the single largest donation in the university’s history.

Campaign Leader

Mr. Ross’ long list of awards and achievements, including being named one of the Power Players of New York by the New York Times and Crain’s New York Hall of Fame, have been earned with dedicated leadership to dozens of organizations.

These organizations include hospitals, museums, foundations, boards, and trade associations, and Mr. Ross currently serves as the campaign chair of the University of Michigan’s $4 billion fundraising campaign — the largest effort in the history of public higher education.

"The education you get at Michigan, together with the great spirit that’s fostered here, gives you a lot of passion as you approach everything in life. It puts you in a position to succeed."


Victors for Michigan Campaign Kickoff


The name Stephen M. Ross is already familiar to many University of Michigan students and alumni. The Ross name stands for an unparalleled commitment to excellence, an enduring sense of civic responsibility and business brilliance.

In naming the business school for Steve Ross, we reflect these values.

Stephen Ross founded his company in 1972. He remembers writing up a business plan in which he charted his strengths and the areas he needed to be complemented. “The most important thing is to surround yourself with really great, smart people and to create an environment where everyone can benefit,” Ross said.

Ross’ connections with Michigan

"The University of Michigan made a difference in my life. I know firsthand the truly exceptional academic programs Michigan offers its students. The days I spent here laid the foundation for my career and taught me lessons I will never forget."

Real Estate Developer

Stephen Ross is chairman of Related Companies, an industry-leading, international real estate development company he founded in 1972.

Related has developed more than $22 billion in real estate, including luxury residential buildings, commercial properties, and affordable housing.

Ross has risen to be one of the country’s preeminent developers and has become known for his creativity and for specializing in destination making mixed-use complexes that combine office space, hotels, shopping, restaurants, etc. such as the Time Warner Center, as well as City Place in West Palm Beach, Florida. Both of these developments won Related the Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in the Mixed-Use Large-Scale category. He is now transforming the west side of Manhattan with the development of the 28-acre Hudson Yards.

Hudson Yards and Related Companies

"I surround myself with the brightest people possible by creating an environment where they can learn, grow and really be part of things. My role is simple: I bring everyone together with the resources they need to maximize their talent."

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