André Jordan has just been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for his dedication, involvement and services in support of the development of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. His name thus became part of the group of personalities honored in 2021 by Queen Isabel II, released on the occasion of her birthday. John May, secretary general of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, wrote in this regard: : «André Jordan, you have been a tremendous advocate for the Award over the past thirty years which demonstrates your dedication to helping young people find their purpose, passion and place in the world. Such dedication illustrates why this appointment isso well-deserved. You have supported the Award as a World Fellow, Founding Benefactor for the Award's Special Projects grant-giving programme, and introducer of fellow philanthropists. For all you do, and more, I thank you. »
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 144 nations. The awards recognise adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement challenges.
«Magazine Imobiliário» distinguished Gilberto Jordan as «Personality of the Year 2017». The award was delivered at the Palácio Vila Galé Hotel in Paço d'Arcos, Portugal, in a public ceremony attended by personalities linked to the real estate business. The award recognizes Gilberto Jordan professional career aimed to promote top quality real estate, based on innovation and environmental sustainability, such as his latest project at Belas Clube de Campo, the Lisbon Green Valley. At the occasion, Gilberto Jordan recalled that this project has just won the «Innovation in Construction Award»: «I believe this distinction, which I receive with great satisfaction and pride, is essentially due to the work carried out over more than 20 years at Belas Clube de Campo, a high-quality development that incorporates the most evolved and demanding construction and sustainability solutions and which is now underway a new phase, the Lisbon Green Valley, which will revolutionize the real estate business in the Lisbon region. This is undoubtedly the best development in the region and the new Lisbon destination!»
Gilberto Jordan was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lives in Portugal for many decades. Son of André Jordan, Gilberto inherited his father's talents for real estate promotion, tourism and sustainable planning. He is a member of several national and international organizations and has been recognized by the real estate industry with many other distinctions. It was from the hands of André Jordan that he received the trophy that symbolizes his choice by «Magazine Imobiliário» as «Personality of the Year 2017».
Top figures from Portugal’s tourism and real estate sector met at a conference, which ran on Monday 13 November, organized by «Exame» magazine. André Jordan alerted the participants that while the Golden Visa programme had attracted €6Bn in six years and was a decisive factor in attracting overseas capital to Portugal, tourism had contributed most to the country’s economy by creating 300,000 jobs and attracting €11Bn last year.
The André Jordan Group has signed a partnership with fund manager Oaktree Capital Management. Oaktree, one of the largest alternative investment management companies in the world, will help finance the latest development phase of premier and exclusive luxury golf and lifestyle community Belas Clube de Campo, near Lisbon. This operation, which foresees an investment of over €500 million, is part of the development’s growth strategy for its latest phase comprising apartments, townhouses and plots of building land for detached houses within a project totalling 1,400 units.
Gilberto Jordan, CEO of the André Jordan Group, says: «We are pleased and proud to announce the formal signing of this partnership with one of the largest and most prestigious investment companies worldwide. It reflects the recognition and confidence of the group’s quality and experience and will contribute towards strengthening the supply available at the development and meet the high level of demand for our product.»
Oaktree has a long-term approach to business investments, focusing on solid and sustainable projects. Its investment in Belas Clube de Campo is seen as recognition of the work done over the last two decades. The investment will enable the André Jordan Group to put around 100 units a year onto the market and make the Belas development «one of the best quality places to live in Europe».
The new phase of Belas Clube de Campo, called Lisbon Green Valley, has already begun with the construction of luxury residences and infrastructure improvements. Belas Clube de Campo seeks to recreate the Quinta do Lago concept created by André Jordan in the Algarve over 30 years ago. Gilberto Jordan says that «from now on, we will have the financial capacity and means to develop the entire project.»
New launches at Lisbon Green Valley were announced before an audience of more than 200 real estate professionals. In total, 50 new apartments in 3 blocks, with types T1 to T3, and 15 townhouses of type T4.
Gilberto Jordan, CEO of André Jordan Group, told the participants that «the new offer from Lisbon Green Valley responds to a growing demand for innovative projects. They are products of great architectural quality and sustainable construction, with a unique framework and location.» And added: «We have incorporated some solutions that are very popular with international customers, such as all rooms being suites.»
Designed by architect Eduardo Capinha Lopes, the buildings stand out for their modern and sophisticated architecture, fully integrated with the surrounding nature, where the latest sustainable innovations in terms of construction, materials and technologies were incorporated.
André Jordan's memoir is the account of the journey through an unusual life. With stages, departures and arrivals, people who get in and out of the carriage where the author takes us to unexpected places and introduces us to fantastic characters, armed with the serenity of those who saw and lived most, without reckoning or heroic acts.
A man of the world, an involuntary accumulator of nationalities and honours, André Jordan travelled trough different eras powered by his dreams, never taking his eyes off reality. Not being an academic, he lived and learned with brilliant minds, still acquiring the ability to combine intuition and deduction at a very young age. In describing the genesis and evolution of his projects, the implicit criticism of the financial system, the narrow-mindedness of those who control the money, the lack of preparation of decision-makers, is striking.
We read this book as a real life novel. With ingredients that attract and capture our attention: the plots, the suspense about the denouement of the quarrels, the conquerors and the maidens, the good and the bad of the tape. There is everything in the stories of this life story: scenes from thriller, fairy tales, historical romance, power struggles, financial chronicle, poetic prose. Psychological profiles are rigorously drawn. The settings described with precision to place the reader there.
Widely illustrated, André Jordan's A Journey Through Life brings us the testimony of a remarkable man, a fantastic first-person storyteller. It has the seal of publisher Almedina and is for sale online and in good Portuguese bookstores.
Three highlights from the projects developed by André Jordan Group in Portugal: BELAS CLUB DE CAMPO (now under a new expansion phase) and two other big developments already sold to international investors: QUINTA DO LAGO and VILAMOURA XXI.
The connections to the golf practices and strict sustainability policies are trademarks of the André Jordan projects. Learn more about these developments following the dedicated links.
CAMPOS DE GOLFE
The André Jordan Group was created in the cosmopolitan scenario of the Wonderful City: Rio de Janeiro. In the 40s of the 20th century, Henryk Spitzman Jordan, a businessman of Polish nationality, starts reconstructing the life of his family, forced to exile by the war in Europe.
80 years later, the business group that Henryk Spitzman Jordan founded in Rio de Janeiro is still active. Over the past four decades under the impetus of his son, André, and today under the leadership of his grandson, Gilberto, after crossing several historical upheavals and moving from Brazil to Portugal. One of its most recent projects, still expanding, is the Belas Clube de Campo.
On this website, the visitor will find different elements that contribute to a better understanding of the trajectory of the André Jordan Group, mainly in the PROJECTS page, with images and information about current and past achievements.
In the GALLERIES page you will find photos and videos about André Jordan and the achievements of the Group.
On the page OBSERVATION DECK you will find texts and notes signed by André Jordan, on the progress of the world, as well as some comments and press clippings related to economic issues, real estate and tourism.
RESIDENCES AT VICTORIA
The Técnico alumna Khadija Benis won the André Jordan Award (6th Edition) in the PhD/Scientific Papers category. The PhD thesis was carried out under the MIT Portugal program – Sustainable Energy Systems. Over 4 years, Khadija Benis focused on an emerging research topic: Building-Integrated Agriculture (BIA), which consists of the application of high performance soilless cultivation methods adapted for use on top of or in buildings. «I am very honoured to receive the André Jordan Award, which plays a fundamental role in promoting and creating bridges between the research world and the market, and opens new horizons in the real estate market», says Khadija Benis. The alumna shares this award with her supervisor, professor Paulo Ferrão, and highlights that «the main contribution of my work was the development of a simulation workflow that allows to improve the decision-making process, of municipalities and other stakeholders, in the large-scale implementation of IEA systems in urban contexts».
The prototype was applied to tomato production in three BIA scenarios, in Lisbon. The global warming potential related to irrigation, transportation mode and operational energy was compared to the global warming potential of current tomato supply chains. In order to test and compare different climatic conditions, types of BIA systems, and metropolitan scales, the tool was subsequently applied in Lisbon, Singapore, Paris and New York. According to Khadija Benis, the results obtained in Lisbon showed that high performance hydroponic greenhouses can be a more sustainable alternative when compared to the current supply chain. «In today’s growing cities, where land is an expensive commodity and direct exposure to sunlight is a valuable asset, rooftops constitute vast underexploited areas», highlights Khadija Benis. “The potential to turn these areas into productive spaces – whether for growing food or generating energy – has emerged as a viable option in recent years»
The André Jordan Awartd is an initiative of Confidencial Imobiliário magazine. The awarded works will be published in a non-academic edition, aimed for consultation by real estate professionals.
Forbes magazine (Portugal) devoted the cover and ten pages of its January 2017 edition to André Jordan, a work of journalist Pedro Garcia with photos of Victor Machado.