Billy Ruvelson

Billy is one of the founding partners of The Icon Company, a Beverly Hills-based real estate development and investment firm specializing in the ground-up development of high-end residential and mixed-use communities.  The Icon Company has developed some of the most successful and desirable student housing properties in California including the The Icon Plaza at USC, The Icon at UCSB, Icon Gardens UCSB, and The Icon SLO.  Its newest project, The Icon at Panorama will be the area’s largest and most transformational mixed-use residential and retail development.  Prior to development, Billy began acquiring apartment buildings in 2003 throughout Los Angeles under his FPM Real Estate Fund syndications which he continues to actively and proudly manage.

Billy is no stranger to hard work. He had his first job at the age of 14 when he was an assistant cook at the famous Sports club/LA. He cooked throughout his years of junior high and high school, and upon graduation from Palisades High School where he served as two-term Student Body President, he moved to France where he spent two years as an apprentice chef and “stagier”. During his two years working in one and two-star Michelin restaurants, he often worked 18-hour days, 6 days a week, for just $140/month.  His greatest culinary accomplishment came in in 1992 when he was working as the sous chef at Le Pave d’Auge in Beuvron-en-Auge was awarded its first Michelin star.

Billy is very philanthropic and gives both his time and money to a wide range of charitable organizations. He mentors young students encouraging them to consider a career in real estate.  Billy has been an active Director at USC Hillel since 2010 and proudly serves as a Director of the Panorama City Chamber of Commerce which he helped to relaunch after a multi-year dormancy.  Billy has worked closely with, has co-chaired events for, and advises a number of charitable organizations including The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, The Jewish Graduate Student Initiative, The Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation, Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles, and The Figueroa Corridor Business Improvement District to name a few.   Billy is a doer, a contributor, and a lightning rod for raising money.  Billy still cooks quite a bit and still loves spending time in France.  Billy’s other passions are golf and watch collecting.  He resides in West Hollywood, CA.