William J. Poorvu is the MBA Class of 1961 Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship, Emeritus at Harvard Business School. "An expert in real estate, Poorvu helped define the real estate course offerings at HBS for 35 years. He was the school's first adjunct professor starting in 1981, its first adjunct professor with a named chair, and the first non-tenured professor at Harvard University to be given emeritus status. He was a member of the active HBS faculty from 1973 until 2002."
He was also on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Poorvu earned his B.A. from Yale University in 1956 and his MBA from HBS in 1958. He is the Co-founder, Chairman, and Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of The Baupost Group, currently led by Seth Klarman with $29.4 billion AUM in 2012. He is a member of the Carnegie Corporation Investment Committee and a former member of the Yale University Investment Committee and of the Yale University Council. In April 2013, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.Poorvu, William J. Creating and Growing Real Estate Wealth: The 4 Stages to a Lifetime of Success. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Wharton School Pub, 2008.
Poorvu, William J., and Jeffrey L. Cruikshank. The Real Estate Game: The Intelligent Guide to Decision-Making and Investment. New York, NY: Free Press, 1999.
also translated into Japanese as ハーバード・ビジネススクールが教える不動産投資ゲーム / Hābādo bijinesu sukūru ga oshieru fudōsan tōshi gēmu
Poorvu, William J. The Real Estate Challenge: Capitalizing on Change. Prentice Hall, 1996.
Poorvu, William J Real Estate: A Case Study Approach. Prentice Hall, 1993.