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Stephen M. Ross, Chairman and Founder of Related Companies – an international real estate firm – began his ownership interest in the Miami Dolphins in February of 2008 when he became a 50 percent partner with H. Wayne Huizenga in the team, Hard Rock Stadium and the surrounding developable land. He increased that share to a 95 percent ownership of the team and the stadium on Jan. 20, 2009 and assumed the responsibility of managing general partner of both the Dolphins and the stadium, which culminated one of his long-held dreams; Mr. Ross grew up in South Florida and the Dolphins have been a lifetime passion for him.
Stephen M. Ross, Chairman and Founder of Related Companies – an international real estate firm – began his ownership interest in the Miami Dolphins in February of 2008 when he became a 50 percent partner with H. Wayne Huizenga in the team, Hard Rock Stadium and the surrounding developable land. He increased that share to a 95 percent ownership of the team and the stadium on Jan. 20, 2009 and assumed the responsibility of managing general partner of both the Dolphins and the stadium, which culminated one of his long-held dreams; Mr. Ross grew up in South Florida and the Dolphins have been a lifetime passion for him.

Under Mr. Ross’ leadership, the Dolphins have become one of the most fan-friendly teams in the National Football League. They have significantly expanded the Miami Dolphins Foundation’s presence in the South Florida community with a host of new civic and charitable initiatives. Additionally, Mr. Ross reached a unique agreement with Miami-Dade County in June 2014 to modernize the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins. Phase I of the project was completed in time for the 2015 season and changed every seat in the stadium, rebuilt the concourses on the 100 and 300 levels, moved seats 25-feet closer to the field on the north and south sidelines, introduced five new premium spaces and allowed fans to enjoy improved food, enhanced concourses and 16 new restroom facilities throughout the stadium. For the 2016 season, Hard Rock Stadium installed a state-of-the-art canopy that keeps as many as 92 percent of the spectators in the shade and protected from the rain and four giant high-definition video boards. Unveiled in 2017 are remodeled, modernized suites throughout the stadium offering a more intimate club space on the 200 level with improved amenities and food. Also, Mr. Ross has lived up to his pledge to provide the coaches, support staff and players all of the necessary resources to build a winning team, including a $10 million renovation to make the club’s training facility a state-of-the-art venue that incorporates the latest technology and advances.

Mr. Ross is committed to supporting the community that supports the Dolphins. He has strengthened the reach of the Miami Dolphins Foundation, offering tremendous support in the areas of education, health, volunteerism and youth programs. In May 2013, Ross pledged to give more than half of his estate to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations, including South Florida-based institutions. The commitment was made through the Giving Pledge, a long-term global initiative created by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates that aims to inspire deeper engagement in philanthropy and increase charitable giving globally. As an NFL owner, he is using his platform to harness the unifying power of sport to advance race relations across the country through the establishment of the nonprofit organization Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). The nonprofit’s efforts have been so impactful, RISE was recognized in 2017 by ESPN’s Humanitarian Awards for the Stuart Scott Enspire Award. The award celebrates people who have taken risk and used an innovative approach to helping the disadvantaged through the power of sports. Ross’ efforts through RISE were honored as they personify the ethos of fairness, ethics, respect and fellowship with others.

Mr. Ross graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and from Wayne State University Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. He later received a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law. In 2004, the University of Michigan renamed its business school the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and in 2011, the school awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at its commencement.

Recent Videos

  • Ross, Tannenbaum & Garfinkel Speak To Media

    (20:17) Posted Mar 22, 2016

    Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross, Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum and CEO Tom Garfinkel address reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting in Boca Raton. Watch for Ross' comments on the state of the franchise, Tannenbaum's review of the first wave of NFL free agency and Garfinkel's insight on the stadium modernization process.

  • Stephen Ross Speaks As Offseason Begins

    (4:30) Posted Jan 3, 2016

    Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross meets with the media to discuss the upcoming Head Coaching search and the state of the franchise as the 2015 season came to a close following Sunday's 20-10 win over the Patriots. Watch as Ross discusses what qualities are important for the next head coach and also hear him explain his lofty goals for the on-the-field product moving forward.