NEW YORK CITY – The Top Industry Newsmaker over the past 10years is Vornado Realty Trust Chairman Steven Roth, who garnered51% of the vote in a Globest.com survey.

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Starwood Capital Group chairman and CEO Barry Sternlichtfinished in second place with 41%, followed closely by BlackstoneGroup CEO Steven Schwartzman in third at 36%. The survey wasconducted in conjunction with Globest.com’s 10thanniversary.

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Roth was the CEO of the office and retail REIT for 28 years(1981-2009) stepping down last year to be replaced by currentpresident and CEO Michael D. Fascitelli. Roth is also theco-founder and managing general partner of Interstate Propertiesand chairman and CEO of Alexander's, Inc.

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Survey respondents used glowing real estate adjectives todescribe the survey’s top two vote getters. One real estateexecutive stated that to term Roth as “audacious would be anunderstatement.” Another said of the Vornado chairman, “stillmaking mega deals after all these years.”

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Sternlicht was tabbed as “a true player” for his investments atStarwood Capital and formerly with Starwood Hotels & ResortsWorldwide, while another real estate executive shared thatSternlicht makes “shrewd investments in a higher riskcategory.”

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Rounding out the other finishers were: David Simon, chairman andCEO of Simon Property Group (No. 4); Fannie Mae president and CEOMichael J. Williams (No. 5): Freddie Mac CEO Charles Haldeman Jr.(No. 6); Michael Sarkozi, senior managing director, JP Morgan Chase(No. 7); Stephen L. Green, founder of SL Green Realty (No. 8); MaryAnn Tighe, CEO of the New York-Tri State Region of CB Richard Ellis(No. 9); and Jeff DeBoer, president of the Real Estate Roundtable(No. 10).

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Tomorrow: Look for the results of the Globest.com survey“Top 10 Business Newsmakers.”

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.