2023 HW Vanguard: Robert Reffkin

Robert Reffkin

Robert Reffkin founded Compass in 2012, drawing inspiration from his mother, Ruth, a longtime real estate agent. Under his leadership, Compass ascended to become the country’s No. 1 real estate brokerage in the United States, achieving half a trillion dollars in real estate sales. Reffkin holds both a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University, and his professional background includes roles at McKinsey and Goldman Sachs, along with a tenure as a White House Fellow. Beyond his business endeavors, he has run 50 marathons in 50 states, raising $1 million for charities including the nonprofit America Needs You, which he founded to empower young people from underprivileged backgrounds, assisting them in becoming the first in their families to attend college. He is also donating all of the proceeds from his recent book, “No One Succeeds Alone,” to nonprofits that help young people realize their dreams.


Robert Reffkin


Founder and CEO

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