Ralph Winter is a successful European entrepreneur and real estate investor. In addition to founding and taking public one of the continent’s largest real estate platforms, he was a pioneer in student housing and micro apartments in Europe. Ralph amassed large scale portfolios (over 35,000 units) in those sectors before they became mature institutional asset classes.
Ralph’s success stems from his experience and tenure as the founder of one of the largest real estate platforms that he built to become one of the leading fully-integrated investment management real estate companies in Europe. It is an S-DAX listed company in Frankfurt and currently manages EUR 28bn assets and EUR 12bn in equity capital with over 800 employees in 7 countries. The company has generated a transaction volume of more than EUR 34bn and raised equity in the amount of EUR 12bn.
Ralph was involved in transactions worth over EUR 30bn. Notable transactions include GSW (EUR 2.1bn) in Berlin, BauBeCon (EUR 1.2bn) in Hanover, numerous distressed real estate portfolios (EUR 0.8bn) and building a retail portfolio (EUR 1bn).
W5 Group is focused on building out their Innovative Living initiative focused on investments in the co-living, micro-apartment, multifamily, student housing and lodging sectors in the premier US markets. These sectors have been selected due to their strong macro and secular demand dynamics and the opportunity to generate superior risk-adjusted returns based on W5’s extensive research and investment experience.
Ralph is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Real Estate Management Institute (REMI) of the European Business School and the IREBS Immobilien-akademie. He serves on the Board of Directors of Best Buddies, the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Winter family is also heavily involved in PowerMyLearning and Youth Against Aids.