A Legacy of Leadership and Family

Our Story

Founded in 1983 by the Defortuna family, Fortune International Realty began as a single office in Miami to accommodate the sales and property management of the very first Fortune development, Jade Brickell. The family-owned and operated brokerage experienced remarkable success in the years thereafter, amassing 18 local and international locations since the company’s inception.

Established as a leading visionary brand in South Florida, Fortune International is synonymous with excellence and unmatched expertise in South Florida’s luxury real estate industry.  FIR delivers a sophisticated and comprehensive collection of sales, leasing, new development marketing, property management and private lending services seamlessly through it’s robust in-house divisions.

Fortune International Group, its parent company, is responsible for the development and sales of some of South Florida’s most prestigious luxury residences including Jade Signature, The Ritz-Carlton Residences Sunny Isles Beach, Auberge Beach Residences & Spa, Una Residences, Missoni Baia, 57 Ocean, Monaco Yacht Club, Gran Paraiso, and Brickell Flatiron among several others.

Fortified by a powerful global network and our in-house international division, Fortune’s property portfolio attracts a distinguished roster of clientele seeking real estate opportunities and investment sales throughout Miami, South Florida, Europe and Latin America.

Executive Team

Edgardo Defortuna

Chairman, President & Founder

Edgardo Defortuna is President, CEO and Founder of Fortune International Realty and its parent company, Fortune International Group, a Miami-based full- service real estate firm recognized throughout South Florida, Latin America and Europe. He oversees the company’s activities across all of its business units and is involved with the strategic decision making of the group, as well as the day-to-day operations of each of its divisions.

Mr. Defortuna founded FIR in 1983 and quickly became a driving force in real estate. Through his company’s success and far reach into U.S., European and Latin American markets, he is widely recognized for having made a significant contribution to the internationalization of Miami and its reputation as a global business, trade and vacation hub.

Walter Defortuna

Member, Board of Directors

Walter Defortuna takes a “hands-on” role in all aspects of the company’s brokerage business. With dual degrees in Accounting and Economics from the Economic School of Argentina, Mr. Defortuna returned to the United States to transform Fortune from a small family business into a prominent organization expanding into the South American and European markets.

His knowledge of the local and international market trends are crucial in development strategy – not only in determining marketing and feasibility, but also in the complexities of construction management, cost evaluations, building and zoning requirements as well as schematics and design.

Monica Defortuna

Member, Board of Directors

Monica Defortuna has been heavily involved in sales, alliances and partnerships and event planning at Fortune International Realty for over 20 years. Monica holds a Law Degree from the National University in Cordoba, Argentina and a Master Degree in Administrative Law. She also acquired professorial experience by delivering lectures and seminars. After relocating to the US she also gain International Law experience. Monica practiced law in Argentina for ten years as legal advisor for several international companies and local banks, such as Banco Comercial Hipotecario and Edificadora de Cordoba. Monica is a member of the Board of the Argentine Chamber of Commerce. She speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Ruth Palma

Vice President of Sales

Ruth Palma joined Fortune International Realty in 1997 as an assistant manager and advanced quickly toward the chief management role that she holds today wherein she supervises 8 local offices and strategic alliances. She has been integral to the senior team in promoting excellence and integrity – key attributes of Fortune International Realty. Today, Ms. Palma is responsible for recruiting new agents, supervising day-to-day operations and optimizing sales performance of all brokerage activities.

L. J. Rodriguez, CPA

Vice President of Finance & Operations

Jasmin Aydagul

Director of Marketing

Jasmin Aydagul joined Fortune International Realty in 2015 and currently presides over all marketing and communications strategies for its brokerage offices and agents. She began her career in New York City in public relations working with luxury, fashion and lifestyle brands. She then became a licensed real estate agent and managed a top-producing team at Compass before taking a corporate operations role at Town Residential. Today, Jasmin blends sales, marketing and management experience with creative passion to advance Fortune’s identity as a leading luxury real estate brand.

Maribel Goldar

Director of International Division

Maribel Goldar is responsible for devising the overall strategy of the International Division, expanding Fortune’s network, especially in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and coordinating marketing strategies in a variety of markets overseas. Ms. Goldar’s primary goal is to build effective and solid relationships with international brokers and professionals providing support to the agents and New Development’s teams in all their sales efforts across the world.

Juanita Santana

Director of Accounting

Juanita Santana joined the Fortune organization in 2000. For nearly 20 years, she has been the driving force behind the accounting department by leading her team with fervent work ethic and dedication to FIR’s agents, employees and clientele. She provides support to Fortune’s management and sales teams and oversees all financial operations for 18 brokerage offices. Prior to joining the team, Ms. Santana worked as a fiscal coordinator to a non-profit organization for over a decade.

Amparo Fontanet

Design Director

Amparo Fontanet joined Fortune’s marketing department in 2003. She started out as a marketing coordinator before taking charge of the company’s visual communication pieces. She helped the firm adapt to the new digital marketing landscape and is responsible for the corporate website and online initiatives. Amparo is committed to strengthening Fortune’s brand identity. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from LMU in Los Angeles.

Olga De Los Santos

General Counsel

Olga De Los Santos is a transactional and litigation real estate attorney with over 25 years of experience and a graduate level of education in condominium and real property development law.    She attended The University of Miami’s School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 1989. After having practiced at AV rated boutique real estate law firms and serving as corporate counsel for top multi-family residential and luxury condominium real estate development companies, Olga joined Fortune International in 2007 where she manages the company’s legal department and provides a wide range of legal services.

Sales and Administration

Fabio Faerman

Director of Commercial Division

Genesis Abascal

Sales Manager

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Andrea Reyes

Sales Manager

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Terri Alvarez

Sales Manager

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Cesar Youkhadar

Office Manager

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Julieta Schmitz

Assistant Sales Manager

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Anahid Chalikian

Assistant Manager

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Leiset Perez

Leasing Administrator

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Maria Teresa Guerra

Office Administrator

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Daniela Montoya

Office Administrator

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Susy Ramos

Office Administrator

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Juliana Saraza

Office Administrator

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Beatriz Hechevarria

Office Administrator

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Elena Boitel

Accounting Administrator