Michael W. Sonnenfeldt is the founder and chairman of TIGER 21, the premier peer-to-peer learning network for high-net-worth first generation wealth creators in North America and London. He is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Through his private investment company, MUUS & Company, Mr. Sonnenfeldt has holdings in solar, battery, and other technologies related to alternative energy infrastructure applications.
From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Sonnenfeldt founded and led Emmes & Company, a real estate investment boutique that was a major buyer of distressed portfolios in the early 1990s and grew to over a billion dollars in assets by the time he sold his interest in 1998. In 1980, Mr. Sonnenfeldt conceived and initiated the world’s then-largest commercial renovation, transforming the 2.4-million-square-foot Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. It sold for over $120 million. At the time, Mr. Sonnenfeldt was 26.
Mr. Sonnenfeldt received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He also received an Honorary Doctorate from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, a leading pioneer in solar energy.
For the past 25 years, Mr. Sonnenfeldt has been actively involved at a senior level in numerous nonprofit organizations focused on the environment, national security, Middle East peace, international peacekeeping, the US/UN relationship, the removal of land mines and communal development. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Goldman Sonnenfeldt Foundation, which has long supported activities in the National Security and Environmental arenas.