Commencement 2013 Speakers
Rutgers University proudly welcomes R. Donahue Peebles, owner of The Peebles Corporation, as speaker for the 2013 Rutgers Business School Undergraduate Program—Newark convocation.
Under Peebles’s leadership, The Peebles Corporation has become one of the country's largest African-American-owned real estate development companies with a multi-billion dollar development portfolio of Class-A office buildings, four-star hotels and resorts, boutique hotels, and luxury residences in major cities including Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The company is now headquartered in New York City with a number of projects currently under review.
Recognized as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the nation, Peebles has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Ebony. In August 2010, Black Enterprise named him among 40 “business titans who shaped our world” and he was featured on the cover of Black Enterprise’s November 2009 issue. Peebles appears regularly on CNN, CNBC and FOX News to comment on real estate, economic and political issues. He has been profiled on shows such as Your World with Neil Cavuto, Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, Your Bottom Line with Christine Romans, Your Money with Ali Velshi and Varney & Co. In May 2009, Forbes listed Peebles in the top 10 of the wealthiest African Americans in the United States.
A top-selling author, Peebles’s first book, The Peebles Principles (2007), distills the lessons he learned on the road to building his successful company and personal fortune. His second book, The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth, released in September 2008, outlines the fundamental tools for real estate investing and details how to make money in any market.
Peebles holds honorary doctorate degrees from Johnson and Wales University and Sojourner-Douglass College. Over the course of the last 30 years, he has supported politicians on both sides of the aisle and raised campaign funds for local, state and federal candidates. He currently serves on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as well as the National Finance Committee of President Barack Obama.