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Name: Robert Toll

Born: Dec. 30, 1940, Philadelphia

Education: Cornell University, bachelor of arts degree, political science; University of Pennsylvania Law School, LLB, cum laude

First job: Attorney for Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen; started Toll Brothers nine months later with his brother, Bruce

Philanthropic associations and boards: Seeds of Peace, which sows the seeds for a brighter, more secure future in the Middle East by working with the governments of Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Qatar to select promising Jewish, Muslim and Christian students to attend a summer coexistence camp in the United States as a means to a peaceful future in the Middle East. Serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Cornell Real Estate School; board of directors of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross, Abington Hospital, and Beth Shalom Synagogue. Also a member of the Mayor's Housing Partnership Council in Philadelphia.

Recognitions: Builder of the Year, Professional Builder magazine, 1988; National Housing Quality Award, National Association of Home Builders, 1995; America's Best Builder, National Association of Home Builders and Builder magazine, 1996; Ernst & Young's Master Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, 1996; Bronze Award in Financial World's CEO of the Year, 1996; residential Building Industry's CEO Silver Award from the Wall Street Transcript, 1996

What is the most valuable business lesson you've learned? It is a wise man who knows what he does not know.

What is the greatest challenge you have overcome? The greatest challenge was to raise a business and a family and keep everybody happy at the same time.

Whom do you admire most in business? The person I admire most is my father. He was brilliant, intellectual and balanced his time beautifully.