Joseph Moinian is an Iranian-American investor, real estate developer, and philanthropist. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Moinian Group, one of the country's largest privately held real estate firms.
Joseph Moinian is known for his superb investment, development and management strategies, forging new neighborhoods and spearheading the transformation and enhancement of property values and environments. The New York City-based developer, investor and long-term owner of prime real estate nationwide is recognized for pioneering the development of emerging neighborhoods in major metropolitan cities across the United States.
Moinian has over 30 years of experience in owning, developing, and managing a wide-ranging portfolio throughout the United States, and has developed a reputation for innovative and value-creating investments.
Mr. Moinian is a noted philanthropist who supports the arts, civic organizations and healthcare issues. He resides with his wife Nazee and their five children in Manhattan.
Moinian was born in Teheran to an Iranian Jewish family, the son of Ayoub Moinian and Sara Moinian. His father was also a real estate developer. At the age of 17, Moinian immigrated to the United States by himself.
After arriving in the United States at the age of 17, Moinian began his first job working in the kitchen at the Cozy Corner restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens. Moinian’s first business venture was in women’s fashion. He utilized his knowledge and understanding of the textile business to create Billy Jack for Her, a successful ladies’ apparel company named after the 1971 movie “Billy Jack.”
The Moinian Group
In 1982, Joseph Moinian founded The Moinian Group to invest in real estate , leveraging his earnings from his apparel company to purchase buildings in Manhattan. Moinian’s first acquisition was made at 450-460 Park Avenue South, an office building located in Midtown South.
Real Estate Portfolio
Since 1982, The Moinian Group has grown into one of the largest privately-held real estate companies in the United States, with a portfolio of over 20 million square feet across major cities including New York, Miami, Dallas, and Los Angeles. The Moinian Group funds, develops, and owns properties in every major asset category, including office, hotel, retail, and residential, valued at over $8 billion. 
In 1982, The Moinian Group acquired nine buildings in the Flatiron District as part of a West Gramercy package acquisition.
In 1992, the firm acquired 60 Madison Avenue and 72 Madison Avenue, two buildings in Midtown South, both totaling 250,000 square feet of space adjacent to Madison Square Park. The Moinian Group continues to own and operate both 60 and 72 Madison Avenue.
In 1997, The Moinian Group purchased and transformed 100 John Street from an office property to a luxury 221-unit residential rental property. This transformation marked the first such conversion in Downtown Manhattan.
In 1999, the company acquired 17 Battery Place, a three-building complex overlooking Battery Park, for $42 million. In addition to the complex’s office component, Moinian reshaped a portion of the property into an amenitized luxury rental apartment development known as Ocean.
In 2000, Moinian purchased 1775 Broadway, the former headquarters of Newsweek and General Motors, from Lester Weindling for $130 million. He quickly renovated the property, now known as 3 Columbus Circle, wrapping the building in sleek glass.
Between 2005 and 2007, he expanded his portfolio by taking advantage of the fierce rivalry among lenders. During this time, Moinian acquired two large residential properties, The Marc and Atelier, the Zues portfolio at 535-545 Fifth Avenue, and The Renaissance Tower, a trophy office tower in Texas.
In 2010, The Moinian Group completed the W New York - Downtown Hotel and Residences, a 630-foot tall building in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. The property consists of a 217-room hotel, 223 luxury residential condominiums, and an observation deck.
Other national properties owned or developed by Joseph Moinian include 765 Broad Street in New Jersey and the International Jewelry Center in California. Moinian's hotel portfolio consists of the W Downtown New York, the Hilton Garden Inn and Hotel Mela in Midtown, and the Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in St. Thomas.
Manhattan's Far West Side
Moinian is a pioneer in the development of New York City’s West Side development, specifically focused on the Hudson Yards and High Line areas. 
The Moinian Group is currently developing 3 Hudson Boulevard, a 2 million square foot, Class A office tower in the Hudson Yards District, in collaboration with Boston Properties. The building will occupy the entire block between 11th Avenue and Hudson Boulevard Park, extending from West 34th Street to West 35th Street. Occupancy is expected to begin in 2023.
Mr. Moinian also developed Sky, Manhattan's largest residential tower, in 2015. The 71-story development brings 1,175 luxury units to Manhattan's far West Side - in addition to two outdoor pools, a nail salon, and a full-sized basketball court.
In 2018, The Moinian Group launched leasing for Oskar, its Hell's Kitchen rental property on Eleventh Avenue. The highly amenitized property features 14 stories and 118 luxury apartments.
In addition to 3 Hudson Boulevard, Mr. Moinian is currently developing properties at 123 Linden Boulevard, 2 Washington Street, 220 Eleventh Avenue, and 7 Platt Street, according to the company’s website.
Lending and Venture Capital
Joseph Moinian recently announced the addition of two new arms to his company:
Currency M, led by Moinian's son Mitchell, is the Moinian Group's venture capital arm, providing early-stage investment, support, and resources to innovators seeking to redefine the built environment. Currency M has invested in 11 companies to date.
Moinian Capital Partners provides flexible financing solutions for premier commercial real estate projects throughout the United States. Moinian Capital Partners has committed close to $1 billion into the commercial real estate market.
Moinian has five children: Matthew Moinian, Mitchell Moinian, Mahtab (Max) Moinian, Michaela Moinian, and Morgan Moinian. Both Mitchell and Max Moinian are actively involved in the operation of the family business, The Moinian Group. 
Moinian has two brothers: Morris Moinian, real estate developer and founder of Fortuna Realty Group, and David Moinian, real estate developer and founder of Moin Development Corp.