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Stephen M. Ross

The Ross Effect

How a friendship forged at the University of Michigan between a budding billionaire and a star student set the stage for a $60-billion real estate portfolio built on a foundation of diversity and inclusion.
Debby Hopkins

Uptown Girl

Debby Hopkins met dozens of celebrities while growing up in Birmingham, and used that knowledge and more to excel at Ford, Boeing, Citibank, Lucent, and General Motors.
Adam Levinson and family

Earn, Return, Invest

Investor Adam Levinson made a fortune on Wall Street and beyond, but he’s most proud of giving back to his hometown by creating the Detroit Children’s Fund.
Daniel Okrent in the newsroom

Play Ball

Daniel Okrent is a successful author and a featured commentator in a Ken Burns documentary, but he may be best known as the founder of Rotisserie League Baseball.
30 in Their Thirties

30 in Their Thirties 2020

The 2020 Class of 30 in Their Thirties dug deep for an extra measure of fortitude to meet the outbreak of COVID-19 and, along the way, developed new products and services, sought out cutting-edge business models, and pivoted into unchartered waters.
Rose Abdoo in "Scandal"

Gypsy Rose

From Second City to the “Gilmore Girls,” and a star turn with George Clooney, Detroit native Rose Abdoo rides the wave of success.
Deborah Goodrich Royce

Dance, Act, Write

Warren native Deborah Goodrich Royce transcends the entertainment industry.
Shane Battier on the Miami Heat playing Milwaukee Bucks

Taking Charge

Shane Battier, a standout basketball player at Detroit Country Day in Beverly Hills, Duke University, and the NBA, remembers his Detroit roots. He returns to the Motor City often to provide scholarships to local students.
Michael Scherer

Mr. Fix-It

Michael Scherer grew up in St. Clair Shores, moved to L.A. to launch a successful management-consulting firm, and returned to play a key role in Detroit’s bankruptcy.
Michael Budman and Don Green

Roots of Success

A footwear company launched by two Detroit natives included a novel cast — Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Martin Short, and Eugene Levy.