Bruce E. Toll
|Born||April 29, 1943|
|Education||B.A. University of Miami|
|Known for||co-founder of Toll Brothers|
|Spouse(s)||Robbi S. Toll|
|Children||Michelle Toll O'Flanagan|
Elizabeth Toll Feuer
Wendy Toll Topkis
Jennifer Toll Schulman
Sylvia Steinberg Toll
|Family||Robert I. Toll (brother)|
Born to a Jewish family, the son of Sylvia (née Steinberg) and Albert Toll, he grew up in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. His father, who emigrated from Ukraine, was a millionaire investor who lost everything in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. In 1965, Toll graduated with a B.A. from the University of Miami. In 1967, Toll and his brother Robert I. Toll founded Toll Brothers with a focus on building luxury homes ($500,000+) starting with a plot of land in Caln Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania given to them by their father. They grew the business using a conservative financial model always including a 10 percent expense cushion in all their project cost estimates, never assumed price appreciation during construction, and always used conservative sales estimates. Bruce was responsible for the book-keeping and Robert the legal side of the business. In the late 1980s, they expanded out of the Northeast to Washington, D.C. and in the mid-1990s, to California. The Tolls are credited with mass-producing luxury housing by taking a few standard home styles and increasing the scale several fold. Toll Brothers later expanded into building “active-adult” communities for the elderly affluent and urban high-rises for the newly affluent (Toll Brothers City Living). In 1998, Toll sold 5 million shares of Toll Brothers for $186.6 million although still remaining its second largest shareholder and vice-chairman. In November 2013, Toll Brothers purchased Shapell Homes (founded by Nathan Shapell) for $1.6 billion. As of 2013, Toll Brothers has sold over 40,000 homes in twenty-two states.
Using the proceeds from his stock sale, he has diversified his investments. Toll is principal of real estate investor and developer, BET Investments, and has a diversified pool of investments including: National Renal Alliance of Franklin, Tennessee, a for-profit chain of 12 kidney-dialysis centers; Premier Kids Care Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, which sells human-growth hormones; Puresyn Inc., a Malvern, Pennsylvania company which develops gene vaccines and gene-therapies; Colonial Management Group L.P., a Orlando, Florida chain of 50 methadone-treatment centers; UbiquiTel Inc., a Conshohocken, Pennsylvania company that sells Sprint-branded PCS wireless service in the West and Midwest; Aquilent Inc., a Laurel, Maryland company which provides IT services to the government; several automobile dealerships in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area including Reedman-Toll Auto World of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, one of the largest dealerships in the USA.
Philanthropy and accolades
Toll serves on the board of directors for the Home Builders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Abington Memorial Hospital, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Toll typically donates to the Republican party.
Toll is married to Robbi S. Toll. Robbi is an interior designer and serves as secretary of the board of the National Museum of American Jewish History. They have four daughters; Michelle, Elizabeth, Wendy, and Jennifer. In 1997, his daughter Elizabeth married investor Leonard M. Tannenbaum; they divorced in 2010.
In 2010, Toll filed an unsuccessful lawsuit against Leonard M. Tannenbaum, his former son-in-law and founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fifth Street Asset Management, alleging that Tannenbaum had promised and failed to pay his daughter Elizabeth half the profits from the management of Fifth Street’s latest fund.
- The Real Deal: "Bob Toll" by Lauren Elkies retrieved November 7, 2013
- New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths TOLL, SYLVIA (NEE STEINBERG)" October 14, 2001
- Philly Magazine: "House of Girth" May 15, 2016
- Philadelphia Inquirer: "As a New Era Comes Together Bruce E. Toll: "Anybody can call me," the new chairman invites" By Bob Fernandez June 25, 2006
- USA Today: "CEO Profile: Defensive mind-set keeps Toll Bros. going" by Noelle Knox January 28, 2008
- Businessweek Corporate Profile: "Bruce Toll" retrieved November 8, 2013
- Upstart Business Journal: "Master Overbuilder" by Andrew Rice September 18, 2008
- Philadelphia Inquirer: "Building an empire Bruce Toll's job now goes far beyond housing" By Bob Fernandez June 06, 2005
- Fox Business: "Toll Brothers to Buy Shapell Homes for $1.6B, 4Q Revenue Soars" By Matthew Rocco Archived 2013-11-10 at the Wayback Machine November 07, 2013
- BET Investments: "Bruce E. Toll - Principal" Archived June 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine retrieved November 8, 2013
- New York Times: "Jennifer Toll, Brett Schulman" May 9, 2009
- New York Times: "WEDDINGS; Michelle Toll, W. A. O'Flanagan" September 14, 1997
- New York Times: "WEDDINGS; Wendy Toll, Douglas Topkis" June 04, 2000
- New York Times: "Elizabeth Toll, Leonard Tannenbaum" May 25, 1997
- Philly Magazine: "Bruce Toll Says (Former) Son-In-Law Defrauded Him - A rich man’s bad cocktail: money and family" By Victor Fiorillo December 14, 2011
- Gara, Antoine (9 February 2016). "Leonard Tannenbaum's Fifth Street: Fooling The Right People Some Of The Time". Forbes. Retrieved 10 July 2018.