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#1 Jon Hanson

The Hampshire Cos., Founder and Chairman

Jon Hanson
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Judge Patrick DeAlmeida
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Robert Klausner
Fox Rothschild
Michael McGuinness
NAIOP
Andrew Merin
Cushman & Wakefield
China State Construction Engineering Corporation
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Ray Pocino
Laborer's International Union of North America
Peter Cocoziello
Advance Realty
Clark Machemer
Rockefeller Group
Eugene Diaz
Prism Capital Partners
Anthony Coscia
Windels, Marx, Lane & Mittendorf
Christiana Foglio
Community Investment Strategies
John Mikula
HFF
Samer Hanini
Hanini Group LLC
Richard Constable
Department of Community Affairs
Sam Morreale
Vision Equities
Finn Wentworth
Normandy Real Estate Partners
David Simson
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Dan Loughlin
Jones Lang LaSalle
Zygi Wilf
Garden Homes
Edward Russo
Russo Development
Kevin Cummings
Investors Bank
Gretchen Wilcox
G.S. Wilcox & Co.
Jay Biggins
Biggins, Lacy & Shapiro
Jeffrey Otteau
Otteau Valuation Group Inc.
Robert Donnelly Sr.
Cushman & Wakefield
Jeremy Farrell
Jersey City
Kevin Walsh
Fair Share Housing Center
Eric Witmondt
Woodmont Properties
Carol Ann Short
New Jersey Builders Association
Ron Beit
RBH Group
John Palmieri
Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
Emanuel Stern
Hartz Mountain Industries
Carl Goldberg
Mack-Cali Roseland Subsidiary
David Mandelbaum
Interstate Properties
David Barry
Ironstate Development Co.
Raphael Ghermezian
Triple 5
Richard Tucker
Tucker Development Corp.
Anthony Perno
Cooper's Ferry Development Association Inc.
Tim Lizura
Economic Development Authority
Michele Brown
Economic Development Authority
Ralph Zucker
Somerset Development
Ron Ladell
Avalon Communities Inc.
Mitchell E. Hersh
Mack-Cali Realty Group
David Samson
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
George E. Norcross III
Connor Strong & Buckelew
Christopher J. Paladino
New Brunswick Development Corporation
Ted Zangari
Sills, Cumms & Gross
Steve Pozycki
SJP Properties
Jon Hanson
The Hampshire Cos.

Try going somewhere in New Jersey without finding this man's fingerprints. From the Meadowlands to Atlantic City — and plenty of places in between — Hanson's reach is arguably as far as anyone's in real estate. While that's not exactly breaking news, the Hampshire founder showed once again this year why he has the magic touch.

It was none other than Hanson who helped engineer the deal that led to Rutgers University's sweeping expansion in New Brunswick, which broke ground in September. The project became reality once the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, with Hanson as its longtime consultant, agreed to sell Rutgers a coveted piece of its "Holy Hill" property in order to build its own new facilities.

And the year was filled with major milestones for another Hanson "side project" — the American Dream Meadowlands. While the Giants and Jets still hope to stop Triple Five in its tracks, the megamall developer now controls the former Xanadu site and has officially lined up more than $1 billion in public financing to resume construction. And it seems legitimately close to doing that by early next year, due in no small part to Hanson's behind-the-scenes work.

It doesn't hurt that Gov. Chris Christie, who counts Hanson as one of his closest advisers, just cruised to a second term, or that Hampshire's real estate empire continues to flourish.

"He's the one who can go into rooms that the governor can't go and have heart-to-heart discussions with people — it's hard to be more influential than that," said one insider.

Many in the industry still rely on the Morristown magnate for guidance.

"People come into his office like he's the Godfather or a rabbi," another source said, noting his political influence and real estate success.

"Nobody else in our industry can say that."

Jon Hanson

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Founder and Chairman
The Hampshire Cos.

Ranked: 1
Last Year's Rank: 4
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