André Jordan started his career in real estate development in Brazil as a sales executive in his family’s company in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most active real estate markets in the world. Subsequently he participated in the management of this group and was responsible for the creation of residential and leisure projects in Argentina and Uruguay. Prior to joining the family business André Jordan was a journalist in the Brazilian press, an activity that he continues as a contributor to the opinion pages of major publications in Portugal and Brazil. He was a pioneer in the introduction of the shopping centre concept in Brazil, in the late 1950s.
In 1968 André Jordan joined the American firm Levitt & Sons, which was at the time the largest residential developer in the United States, with the mission of creating an international business for that company and participated in development projects in Puerto Rico and France. In 1971 André Jordan came to Portugal and was the founder and developer of Quinta do Lago, in the Algarve, which 40 years later is regarded as the prime quality leisure community in Europe.
After the State intervention in the management of this project, which occurred in consequence of the 1974 Revo - lution in Portugal, the company was returned to its shareholders in 1981 and resumed its successful development, which continued after the ownership of the company passed from André Jordan to new owners in 1988. However, in 1995, André Jordan’s group acquired, in Quinta do Lago, the Vilar do Golf Resort, which was extensively refurbished, and undertook the development of the Monte da Quinta Club.
In 1995 the André Jordan Group acquired the controlling interest in Vilamoura, the largest leisure community in Europe under the ownership and management of a single entity. Vilamoura has at present 40.000 beds, comprising hotels, casino, apartment hotels, multi and single family residential complexes, over 300 business and commercial operations, and a wide array of sports facilities including 5 golf courses, a 1000 berth Marina, a horse riding establishment, a tennis centre, a golf academy, and a number of other sports activities.
Aside from the urban planning and aesthetic preoccupations of the Group, environmental concerns have been a trademark of André Jordan’s work over 40 years.
André Jordan has sponsored and collaborated in many cultural and artistic initiatives in association with many institutions such as: Escolinha de Arte do Brasil; the Gulbenkian Foundation; MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo; MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro; Friends of the Museo de Arte Moderno of Buenos Aires (President); the Smithonian Institution – Freer and Sackler Galleries; the World Monuments Fund (Europe); Museu do Cerro da Vila (Vilamoura, Algarve), Serralves Foundation (Board of Directors), the Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa (presently the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa). He created the Algarve International Music Festival in 1973.
André Jordan received the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Portugal and is a Grand Officer of the Order of Henry the Navigator (Portugal), Grand Officer of the Order of Rio Branco (Brazil). André Jordan is a retired Honorary Consul of Brazil in the Algarve, Honorary Citizen of Rio de Janeiro, Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association, former Chairman of ULI Portugal, the founder of the International Musical Festival of the Algarve, former Vice-Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council and a member of the board of several important civic, educational, cultural and business institutions in Portugal, Brazil and the United Kingdom. In 2011 André Jordan was awarded Honorary Doctorates from 2 universities in Portugal, ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon and the University of the Algarve. He also became a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.