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Developer Hall of Fame

John A. Sobrato, The Sobrato Organization

A few visionaries literally built Silicon Valley, and John A. Sobrato was one of them.

As founder and principal of The Sobrato Organization, Mr. Sobrato heads one of the most successful real estate development organizations in California. Mr. Sobrato's career in real estate dates to 1957, when he began selling homes in Palo Alto while attending Santa Clara University. Building on his success in the residential marketplace he soon expanded into commercial real estate, working with his mother in the development of industrial properties nearly a decade before the name "Silicon Valley" was coined.

Among his many board positions, Mr. Sobrato is a Trustee of the University of Santa Clara and Vice Chairman of the National Hispanic University. In 1998 he was named the NSFRE's Philanthropist of the Year.

Watch videos of the John Sobrato story.

  • Part 1 - How It Began - John Sobrato's background and early career. Play Video >
  • Part 2 - Business and Pleasure - Growing the business and his leisure time. Play Video >
  • Part 3 - The Bigger Picture - The Sobrato Organization. Play Video >

Read the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal article:
Valley Pioneer: Sobrato Laid Foundation for Area Development