Founder and president of Fortune International Group, Edgardo Defortuna has become an esteemed leader in high-end luxury real estate in Miami, with global reach in Latin America and Europe. In 1998, alongside his wife, Ana Cristina, the couple launched their luxury-development arm shaping Miami’s landscape into what it is today — with breathtaking projects like The Ritz-Carlton Residences Sunny Isles Beach, Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Fort Lauderdale and Hyde Resort & Residences. Haute Living caught up with the real estate tycoon and uncovered some of his haute secrets to living in Miami.

Where were you born: Buenos Aires

How long in Miami: 32 Years

Neighborhood: Key Biscayne

Occupation: CEO

Favorite Restaurant: Cipriani

Best Sushi: Zuma

Best Italian: Caffe Abbracci

Best dessert: Tres Leches, Hillstone

Best place for a romantic date: My living room

Best Sunday brunch: Grand Bay Club at Key Biscayne

Best place for a power business meeting: Coya, Brickell

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? 1 Hotel, South Beach

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Bal Harbour Shops

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Hublot

Best Spa: The Standard

Favorite Charity Event: United Cerebral Palsy, South Florida

Favorite Cultural Event: Art Basel

Favorite Cultural Institution: PAMM

Best Steakhouse: Capital Grille

Best Pizza: Puntino Pizzeria, Key Biscayne

Best Lunch: Baires Grill

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Equinox

Best Massage: My wife

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Aventura Limousine

Best Museum/Exhibit: Julio Le Parc, PAMM

Describe your city in three words: It is hard to say in just three words, Miami is: Exciting, Vibrant, Current, Trendy, Modern, Smart

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

All-around favorite spot in Miami: Key Biscayne

Best Aspect of Miami: Miami’s diversity and culture