Andrew Hungerford

Principal, Hungerford Properties, Age 39

Andrew Hungerford excelled both athletically and academically before joining his family's rapidly expanding real-estate business, Hungerford Properties, in 2008.

Hungerford, a former winner of Canada's national rowing championship, also has an MBA from Stanford University, a B.Comm from Queen's University and designations as both a chartered accountant and a chartered financial analyst in Canada and as a certified public accountant in the U.S.

In the 13 years Hungerford has been in the real-estate business, he has acquired or managed more than $3 billion worth of real estate globally.

Hungerford Properties, where he is an equal partner alongside father George and brother Michael, is about to go on an acquisition tear.

"We've just raised an institutional real estate equity fund of $120 million, which has the potential to acquire $400 million worth of properties," he said.

One recent purchase was the 760,000-square-foot Haworth building in Calgary for an undisclosed amount.

On the development side, Hungerford is proud to be involved in projects such as the 465-unit MacPherson Walk, which won an Canadian Home Builders' Association Georgie award for best multi-family low-rise development.

But even before Hungerford joined the family business, he had a distinguished career of his own. He spent time in KPMG's real-estate group before moving on to work in real-estate private equity, specializing in acquisitions and asset management at Deutsche Bank RREEF in London and at the City Investment Fund, a Morgan Stanley co-sponsored fund, in New York City. He also worked at Goldman Sachs in London and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. in Hong Kong.

Hungerford's philanthropic endeavours include being chair of the community council at the Salvation Army's Vancouver shelter Harbour Light.

"My wife Stephanie and I host a Salvation Army soup kitchen gala and have raised close to $700,000 in the past two years," he said. "That has been transformational for Harbour Light, [funding] improvements and equipment."

He is also a member of the campaign cabinet for the Queen's University School of Business capital campaign and is on the board of directors of the Vancouver Club.

He and Stephanie are expecting their first child in January.