For over 35 years, Dr. Peter Linneman's unique blend of scholarly rigor and practical business insight have won him accolades from around the world, including PREA's prestigious Graaskamp Award for Real Estate Research, Wharton's Zell-Lurie Real Estate Center's Lifetime Achievement Award, Realty Stock Magazine's Special Achievement Award, being named "One of the 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate" by Realtor Magazine and inclusion in The New York Observer's "100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate".
After receiving both his Masters and Doctorate in Economics under the tutelage of Nobel Prize winners Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, George Stigler, Ted Schultz and Jim Heckman, Peter had a distinguished academic career at both The University of Chicago and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. For 33 years he was a leading member of Wharton's faculty, serving as the Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, Finance and Public Policy as well as the Founding Chairman of the Real Estate Department and Director of the prestigious Zell-Lurie Real Estate Center. During this time he was co-editor of The Wharton Real Estate Review, published over 80 scholarly articles and three editions of the acclaimed book "Real Estate Finance and Investments: Risks and Opportunities", and the widely read Linneman Letter quarterly report.
Peter's long and ongoing business career is highlighted by his roles as Founding Principal of Linneman Associates, a leading real estate advisory firm; CEO of American Land Funds; and CEO of KL Realty. For more than 35 years he has advised leading corporations and served on over 20 public and private boards, including serving as Chairman of Rockefeller Center Properties, where he led the successful restructuring and sale of Rockefeller Center in the mid-1990s.
Married for 40 years and an exercise enthusiast. Although retired from Wharton's faculty, Dr Linneman continues his commitment to education through his "Save A Mind, Give A Choice" educational charity for orphans and children of extreme poverty in rural Kenya.