45. Jeff Fuqua

Jeff Fuqua
Illustration by Alex Fine

Focus Development, Real Estate
Age 55
Since leaving strip mall giant Sembler Co.—with whom he built such once-controversial projects as the Edgewood Retail District and Town Brookhaven—to launch his own firm in 2012, Fuqua has shifted into overdrive. The past year might have been his biggest yet, with 12 projects in metro Atlanta totaling more than $1 billion. At the top of the list: $452 million and 74 acres surrounding Cobb’s planned SunTrust Park.

Unwelcome neighbor His Decatur Crossing project has drawn some flak for replacing several homes and a church with 250 rental units and retail.

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This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.