Siddhesh Joshi (Editor)

John A Sobrato

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Nationality  American
Net worth  4.7 billion USD (2015)
Spouse  Sue Sobrato

Name  John Sobrato
Education  Santa Clara University
John A. Sobrato John A Sobrato amp family Forbes

Full Name  John Albert Sobrato
Residence  Atherton, California, US
Occupation  Founder and chairman, The Sobrato Organization
Children  Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, Sheri Sobrato Brisson, John Michael Sobrato
Parents  John Mossimo Sobrato, Ann Sobrato

Alma mater  Santa Clara University

John Albert Sobrato (born c. April 1939) is an American real estate developer, and the founder of the Cupertino, California-based Sobrato Organization, a Silicon Valley development firm specializing in commercial and residential real estate. He has been listed as one of the richest Americans for many years, and he and his family have made large philanthropic donations to a variety of causes.


John A. Sobrato The Sobrato Organization chairman John Sobrato Bisnow

Early life

John A. Sobrato https1cdnedlio0myYLHPaeCdHJi3h7WrbrimydTfPA

Sobrato's father, John Mossimo Sobrato, owned a popular San Francisco restaurant, John's Rendezvous. After his death in 1952, Sobrato's mother, Ann Sobrato, sold the restaurant and used the proceeds to begin investing in real estate.


John A. Sobrato Overview The Sobrato Organization Sobrato Philanthropies

Sobrato began his own real estate investing in 1957, while still in college at Santa Clara University. Beginning in 1972 he worked closely with another successful Silicon Valley investor, Carl Berg, for many years. He founded the Sobrato Organization in 1979; his son, John Michael Sobrato, took over leadership of the company in 1998. The company grew to hold more than 110 commercial buildings and more than 30 apartment complexes. In 2013, both father and son announced that they were moving away from managing the operations of the company to focus on charitable activities.

John A. Sobrato Sobrato Image Gallery HCPR

Sobrato and his family are listed at #110 on the 2014 Forbes 400 list with an estimated net worth of $4.8 billion, and at #340 on The World's Billionaires list as of May 10, 2014.

Sobrato and his son have both signed on the Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge to donate their wealth for charitable purposes. By the close of 2014, the Sobrato Philanthropies (which encompass the Sobrato Family Foundation, family-directed giving, and corporate giving through The Sobrato Organization) had given more than $314 million in money and property. Major beneficiaries have included Santa Clara University, Sobrato High School, and Bellarmine College Preparatory. In 2015, he and is wife offered the biggest ever individual pledge to the University of San Francisco, worth $15 million.

Personal life

Sobrato lives in Atherton, California, US.


John A. Sobrato Wikipedia