A GOLD STANDARD

Through DeBartolo Holdings LLC, Edward J. DeBartolo Jr. extends his family’s legacy across several platforms including real estate, sports, and philanthropy.

 

Mr. DeBartolo is a successful entrepreneur, real estate investor, developer, passionate supporter of philanthropic causes, and former NFL franchise owner of the San Francisco 49ers, winners of five Super Bowls in fourteen years. From his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, to his creation of the largest public real estate company in the United States, Mr. DeBartolo has always credited his dedication to family as the driving force behind the success of each and every one of his professional accomplishments. That belief still applies as he continues to positively impact the community through his businesses, by creating trusted solutions that work on every level -- financially, socially, environmentally, and ethically. This type of commitment to passionate leadership and strong relationships has led to stronger communities across the country.

ABOUT US

Built on a legacy that has endured more than seven decades, the DeBartolo name is widely recognized and respected in both the real estate and sports worlds. The Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation was founded in 1944 by Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr., who pioneered the first shopping mall concept, which brought people together across the  United States by providing a central place for their communities to meet their retail needs. Following in his father’s footsteps, Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., has evolved the family tradition in real estate and is also recognized as one of the most beloved professional sports franchise owners in history.

 

Founded in March 2002 by DeBartolo, Jr., DeBartolo Holdings manages the diversified businesses and strategic investments of the DeBartolo family. Mr. Debartolo’s people-first, family-oriented approach has helped the family find success in a variety of areas, including:

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT   |   SPORTS  |  PHILANTHROPY  |  STRATEGIC PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTMENTS

DEBARTOLO FAMILY LEGACY

OUR JOURNEY IN SNAPSHOTS

ABOUT THE FAMILY

From its portfolio of professional organizations to its philanthropic foundation, the DeBartolo Family has always invested in people and inspired positive change by leading with compassion. Whether it’s through real estate development, sports franchises, or charitable works, Edward J. DeBartolo Jr. views his success as a legacy of lasting relationships and stronger communities.

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REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT

The DeBartolo family’s renowned legacy began in the 1940s when Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. changed the retail industry by developing the first-ever enclosed shopping mall. By the 1970s, the DeBartolo family-owned company grew to become one of the most influential businesses in the United States — at one point controlling over two billion-square-feet of retail space across the country.

 

In 1994, the DeBartolo Realty Corporation went public. Two years later, the company merged with Simon Property Group to create Simon DeBartolo Group, uniting two founding families of the regional mall business and creating the largest public real estate company in North America. The DeBartolo/Simon portfolio included 111 regional shopping centers, 66 community shopping centers and six specialty retail centers in 32 states. Mr. DeBartolo Jr., still maintains a significant ownership position with Simon Property Group, the largest real estate company in the world.

 

Today, real estate remains the DeBartolo family’s primary business focus. DeBartolo Development invests in property assets of all sizes, specializing in market-driven acquisitions, ground-up development of multi-family housing, hospitality, industrial, as well as retail and mixed-use projects throughout the United States. Since 2003, DeBartolo Development has invested in 166 assets with an approximate value of $5 billion.

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SPORTS

From 1977-2000, under the leadership of Mr. DeBartolo, Jr., the DeBartolo family owned the San Francisco 49ers. During this time, Mr. DeBartolo revolutionized ownership in the National Football League by getting to know his players and understanding their needs on a human level. His family-oriented approach led to twelve division titles and the first five-time Super Bowl championship franchise in NFL history. With his reputation as one of the most passionate, well-liked figures in NFL history, Mr. DeBartolo was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. His vision and record for helping people and leading with compassion influenced what the NFL is today by establishing a gold standard for ownership.

 

The DeBartolo family also achieved the pinnacle of hockey greatness in the early 1990s, winning two Lord Stanley Cup Championships during the family’s tenure as owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–91 and 1991–92).

 

Mr. DeBartolo's contributions to the sports community have left a lasting impact that continues to inspire the NFL community and beyond.

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PHILANTHROPY

Mr. DeBartolo is, and has always been, a passionate supporter of philanthropic causes related to education, healthcare, poverty, animals, sports, and religious institutions.

 

He makes his home in Tampa Bay, where local charities and organizations have benefited from his heart for the community by creating impactful change. He has extended his hand to many boards of non-profit organizations, including the Tampa Bay American Cancer Society, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and currently, the Moffitt Cancer Center, which holds a special place in his heart, as his beloved wife, Candy, is a cancer survivor.

 

In every stage of his career, Mr. DeBartolo has made community service a priority. He has donated over $150M to non-profit organizations and provided much-needed support to countless students, families, athletes, animals, and disabled citizens across the country.

PHILANTHROPIC

HIGHLIGHTS

In 1989, the DeBartolo family donated $33 million to Notre Dame – one of the largest single contributions to higher education in U.S history.

In 2007, Mr. DeBartolo partnered with Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks to open Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School (BDCHS), a high-performing, “A”-rated charter high school in Hillsborough County. The school has received ten consecutive A rankings from the Florida Department of Education, and was given the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education. BDCHS is only one of two public high schools in Hillsborough County to have earned 10 consecutive A grades.

In 2017, Mr. DeBartolo and a group of 49ers players created
The Golden Heart Fund. The Fund supports
49ers alumni by
providing assistance in time of dire need.

In 2018, The DeBartolo family supported the construction of a new state-of-the-art animal shelter for the Humane Society in Tampa, FL. The multi-story building, named The DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter, will include puppy and kitten nurseries, isolation areas for sick animals, and expanded medical and surgical suites.

In 2012, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, established the DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute to revolutionize the discovery, delivery, and effectiveness of cancer care on an international scale. Providing oversight for Moffitt Cancer Center’s Total Cancer Care® Study, the Institute seeks to create and share targeted treatments.

For his philanthropic efforts, Mr. DeBartolo has received the following awards:

 

1982 Salvation Army Citation of Merit, youngest recipient. For his donations and service to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Heart Fund, Cancer Crusade and United Way,

 

Tampa Sports Commission Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the Tampa Bay Community.

 

Tampa Bay Lighting Community Hero Award for his impact in the Tampa Bay Community.

PORTFOLIO OF COMPANIES

For more than 70 years, the DeBartolo family has impacted many local and national communities and organizations. Business leaders from a wide array of industries know and respect the compassion and expertise the DeBartolo family demonstrates when handling diverse interests. Every company within the DeBartolo Holdings family has always shared common values that exemplify their lasting commitment to building strong communities and partnerships by developing solutions that produce, support, and inspire great success.

 

DeBartolo Holdings manages and optimizes the diversified businesses and investments of the DeBartolo family. In addition to strategic private equity investments in industries such as health care, the DeBartolo Holdings portfolio companies include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

DeBartolo Development

debartolodevelopment.com

As one of the largest private real estate investment and development companies, DeBartolo Development invests in real estate assets of all sizes and scopes, specializing in property acquisitions, ground-up development of multi-family housing, hospitality, retail, and mixed-use projects throughout the nation. DeBartolo Development combines experience, sound research and market foresight with institutional partnerships and strong lender and broker relationships to meet the unique challenges of today’s real estate environment.

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DeBartolo Family Foundation

debartolofamilyfoundation.com

The DeBartolo Family Foundation was founded in 2001 with one goal in mind:

To channel the same level of care, compassion, and dedication that has allowed the DeBartolo family to find success in real estate, sports, and other ventures, into efforts that help serve the underserved communities of Tampa Bay.

For nearly two decades, we have strengthened the community by helping youth, veterans, animals, and local grassroots organizations that share our mission and values. The Foundation annually awards scholarships to students, provides back to school grants to local teachers, adopts Bay Area families during the holidays, and three times each year presents the Spirit of Humanity Award – a $25,000 donation that honors the most outstanding local philanthropic outreach programs. Since 2002, the DeBartolo Family Foundation has given nearly $17M to strengthen Tampa Bay by bringing people together through its passion for giving back.

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Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

bdchs.org

Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School (BDCHS) is an “A” rated Hillsborough County (Tampa, FL) public charter high school of choice, designed to prepare students for postsecondary success in a small, safe learning environment. BDCHS was founded by the DeBartolo Family and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers All-Pro Derrick Brooks in 2007 on the belief that given the necessary resources and opportunities, every student has the potential to realize his or her dreams. By providing young people a high quality, challenging education with rigorous and relevant curricula, BDCHS equips students to make valuable and productive contributions to their community.

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Sacred Pepper

sacredpepper.com

Sacred Pepper is a dining destination where everything that happens around the table is considered sacred. Food. Flavors. People. Style. It’s all curated and highly considered, purposely reflecting a collection of tastes and travels. We set out to build a new experience for North Tampa, and that’s just what we’ve done. Best defined as Contemporary American with Italian flair, we’re a place where you can experience familiar favorites with fresh twists. Recipes are tried, tested and refined with excitement in mind. We source ingredients locally, whenever possible. We select the freshest meats and seafood. We make all our pastas and sauces from scratch. And our drinks take you around the world and throughout time as our bartenders explore cultures near and far with modern, traditional and pre-prohibition cocktails. Sacred Pepper is a restaurant focused on providing inspiring flavors and delicious experiences.

CONTACT US

The reach of DeBartolo Holdings extends across the United States and into the Hawaiian Islands. Our headquarters office is located in Tampa, FL.

15436 N. Florida Avenue |  Suite 200  |  Tampa, Florida 33613
813.908.8400 Phone  |  813.908.2206 Fax

FAMILY

Edward J. DeBartolo Jr.
CEO and Founder
813.908.8400

 

Cynthia R. DeBartolo
Executive Vice President
813.908.8400

 

Lisa M. DeBartolo
Executive Vice President
813.964.8302

 

NICOLE DeBartolo
Executive Vice President
813.908.8400

GEZA HENNI
President
813.908.8400

 

david mallitz
Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
813.908.8400

 

JAMES D. PALERMO
Executive Vice President/General Counsel
813.908.8400

CORPORATE TEAM

VALERIE PANOU
Vice President/Marketing & Communications
813.676.0089
EMAIL

 

LINDA PEARCE
Human Resources Manager
813.908.8400

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