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SP 200: A new leader rises to the top 

The Swanepoel Power 200, the definitive ranking of the most powerful leaders in residential real estate, names a new No. 1 for 2023.

January 10, 2023
4 minutes

Key points:

  • Gino Blefari, president and CEO of HomeServices of America, was named the most influential person in real estate.
  • Sue Yannaccone, president and CEO of Anywhere Brands, moved into the top 10 following a leadership change at Anywhere last month.
  • Last year’s most influential executive, Gary Keller of Keller Williams Realty, is No. 2 this year.

It's been a tumultuous year for real estate. The industry weathered a market downturn, leadership changes, layoffs and falling profits — but the CEO of one of the most dominant companies in the industry steered his company through the storm, earning him the distinction of the No. 1 spot on the 2023 Swanepoel Power 200.

Gino Blefari, president and CEO of HomeServices of America, was named the most influential person in real estate on the 10th annual industry list.

Blefari called the recognition "extra special," noting that it fulfilled a decades-long goal. "I prepare an annual life plan — I've prepared one every year since 1989 when I was one of five partners at Contempo Realty," Blefari said. "A goal that I had written down in the form of an 'I am' affirmation back then was 'I am the most highly respected and influential real estate CEO in the world.' Thirty-four years later, I am honored and humbled to be recognized as #1 on the SP 200."

Created and published by T3 Sixty, the Swanepoel Power 200 is developed after countless hours of research, analysis and healthy debate. The ranking is based on eight different criteria to evaluate real estate executives, including achievements during the past 12-18 months, size and reach of the company they lead and overall influence in the industry. 

"These exceptional leaders have a few things in common: a keen eye for hiring talent and a diligent focus on sustainable growth," said Stefan Swanepoel, executive chairman of T3 Sixty, in a news release announcing the results.

Blefari, who has led HomeServices of America since 2019, oversees a variety of brokerages under the HSoA banner, including Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. At the beginning of 2022, the company had more than 77,000 agents doing nearly $250 billion in annual sales. 

It's the first time Blefari has topped the list, having been in the top 5 in recent years. Blefari made his debut on the list in 2013 at No. 54 when he was president and CEO of Intero Real Estate Services, which was acquired by HomeServices Inc. in 2014.

Gary Keller of Keller Williams Realty ranked second after having the top spot last year. Keller is a familiar face to the list, having been named one of the top five most powerful people in residential real estate for the past 10 years.

Glenn Sanford of eXp, Ryan Schneider of Anywhere Real Estate and Rich Barton of Zillow round out the top five. 

Sue Yannaccone, president and CEO of Anywhere Brands, is the highest-ranked female executive, filling the sixth spot. Yannaccone recently expanded her role within the company to include support of franchise and company-owned brokerage operations for all six of the Anywhere brands, now including Coldwell Banker. Previously, her role included oversight of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Corcoran, ERA and Sotheby's International Realty.

Other notable moves in the list include the highest-ranking Canadian executive, Phil Soper, president and CEO of Bridgemarq Real Estate landing, at No. 10. One of the biggest risers this year was Gavin Swartzman, CEO of Peerage Realty Partners. Swartzman moved up from No. 121 to No. 38, reflecting the company's massive growth, numerous acquisitions and significant sales volume growth.

Here are the top 25 leaders in real estate:

  1. Gino Blefari, president and CEO, HomeServices of America

  2. Gary Keller, co-founder and executive director, kwx

  3. Glenn Sanford, founder and CEO, eXp World Holdings

  4. Ryan Schneider, CEO and President, Anywhere Real Estate

  5. Richard "Rich" Barton, co-founder and CEO, Zillow Group

  6. Susan "Sue" Yannaccone, president and CEO, Anywhere Brands

  7. Howard "Hoddy" Hanna III, Helen Hanna Casey & Howard "Hoby" Hanna IV, company leaders, Howard Hanna Real Estate

  8. Robert Reffkin, co-founder and CEO, Compass

  9. Andrew "Andy" Florance, founder and CEO, CoStar Group

  10. Philip "Phil" Soper, president and CEO, Bridgemarq Real Estate Services

  11. Nick Bailey, president and CEO, RE/MAX

  12. Glenn Kelman, president and CEO, Redfin

  13. Bob Goldberg, CEO, National Association of Realtors

  14. OB Jacobi, Jill Jacobi Wood & Geoff Wood, managing partners, Windermere Real Estate

  15. Kuba Jewgieniew, founder and CEO, Realty One Group

  16. Jeremy Wacksman, chief operating officer, Zillow Group

  17. Michael Golden & Thaddeus "Thad" Wong, co-founders and co-CEOs, At World Properties

  18. Matt Widdows, founder and CEO, HomeSmart

  19. Christy Budnick, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

  20. Philip White, Jr., president and CEO, Sotheby's International Realty

  21. Pamela Liebman, president and CEO, Corcoran Group

  22. Susan Daimler, president, Zillow Group

  23. Sherry Chris, CEO, Anywhere Expansion Brands Portfolio

  24. Michael Miedler, president and CEO, Century 21 Real Estate

  25. Dan Duffy, CEO, United Real Estate Group

For the rest of the list visit sp200.com.

Note: Stefan Swanepoel is the founder of both Real Estate News and T3 Sixty, but Real Estate News has no involvement or influence in creating the SP 200.

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