Chief Executive Lion

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Robert Rivani, President, Black Lion Investment Group, is an American entrepreneur, retail entertainment innovator and real estate visionary. Born in 1990, Rivani sold his first company–a footwear business–for $150,000 when he was only a teenager. From there, he went on to participate in day trading, only to lose most of his earnings. It was this first foray into the stock market that taught him patience and deliberation when it comes to investing.
During the economic downtown of 2008 and 2009, Rivani worked at his family’s property management firm. He soon realized that there were opportunities in buying, flipping and re-selling inexpensive buildings and areas in need of development. He began doing this in Georgia, and then expanded to Wisconsin, Illinois and Texas.
Over time, he would perfect his business model. Rivani became increasingly interested in finding vacant or abandoned sites and transforming them into thriving retail and entertainment destinations. Throughout each process, Rivani always made it a goal to create ways to benefit the community.
In 2014, Rivani created Black Lion Investment Group. He named it Black Lion because he feels he is the trend-bucking black sheep of the real estate world, and the lion is his favorite animal. To date, the company has transacted $500 million in real estate deals across the United States. Year over year, Rivani and Black Lion have consistently doubled their growth.
“I’m not your typical developer and owner, and never wanted to be. We have strong ambitions as a company, and are not afraid to take risks in this burgeoning new climate for entertainment and lifestyle real estate. As we begin to expand our portfolio, we are going to change the way it's done. I don’t follow trends. I want to set them to ensure future success,” says Robert Rivani.
Rivani sees the overlap of retail, entertainment and dining as a new frontier in real estate. Inspired by Miami’s high energy lifestyle, Black Lion presently focuses on entertainment-focused endeavors for South Florida’s ever-expanding social scene. Through his company, Rivani has recently acquired the restaurant Amara at Paraiso, Marea and Continuum–both high profile restaurant spaces in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood, and a retail location at the SLS LUX tower featuring the hot new restaurant Gekko with famed restauranteur David Grutman. Furthermore, Rivani also has his sights set on a retail plaza located in the heart of Wynwood, Miami’s famed creative hub. He recently acquired the property Wynwood Jungle to achieve this dream. In this discipline, he calls these projects “retail power centers.”
Rivani plans to invest another $100 million into South Florida in the next year, as companies and individuals alike continue to relocate to the area from across the country, particularly the New York and California markets. He also plans to invest another $100 million in additional retail power centers.
An early riser and a dedicated athlete (namely tennis and basketball), Rivani credits his disciplined routine for part of his success. His interests in life include spending time with his wife, traveling the world and enjoying culinary adventures. As his family grows, he looks forward to becoming bicoastal and putting down roots in Miami while maintaining a residence in Los Angeles.