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Billy Rose

Founder and President

The Agency

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Billy Rose


Billy Rose is the Founder and President of The Agency, a luxury real estate brokerage.

He has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including being chosen as a finalist for the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2017 and selected (on multiple occasions) by Variety and The Hollywood Reporter for their Top Real Estate Agent lists. Under his leadership, The Agency has been named among Inc. 5000’s list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country for two consecutive years.

In September 2011, Billy founded The Agency upon the underlying principle that the brokerage was to operate as an undivided, integrated organization. As President of The Agency, Billy oversees not only the general (resale) practice of the company, but also the organization’s prodigious, global New Development division and The Agency Creates, a stand-alone creative agency providing design, PR, branding, social media, advertising, web design and digital marketing services for more than $4 Billion in luxury real estate, resort, development and luxury lifestyle brands.

An expert in architecture and design, Billy has served as a judge for the American Institute of Architects Residential Design Awards. He is a frequent guest speaker, panellist and commentator on all things “real estate,” having been featured in such outlets as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Financial Times, and CNN.

Billy Rose’s Newsfeed

Washington Post
Rental market reacts to coronavirus but stays active

Another rental option — a lease with an option to buy — could become more popular as pandemic-induced uncertainty in the market makes some home shoppers want to rent a residence for a few months before buying it. “You might consider trying to build a lease option if you think it’s something that you might want to buy, but you’re kind of test-driving it first,” said Billy Rose, co-founder and president of The Agency, a brokerage headquartered in Los Angeles.

Southern California’s Case Study Homes Reimagined Modern Living, and Remain Relevant Today

.“This limited edition of homes will never be expanded—and will, in fact, likely diminish—because one will be destroyed somehow,” said Billy Rose, president of the L.A.-based real estate firm The Agency, who sold Case Study House #20A for $12.5 million in 2016. “There is some intrinsic value to that.”

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Billy Rose’s Background

Founder and President
Sep 2011 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Agency is a full-service, luxury real estate brokerage and lifestyle company representing clients worldwide in a broad spectrum of classes, including single-family residential, new development, resort and hospitality, residential leasing, and luxury vacation rental.
Rose + Chang | Executive Directors - Architectural Division
Jan 2005 - Aug 2011
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The leaders in properties of fine design and architectural distinction throughout Los Angeles.
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Other Business Interests

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Billy Rose Design
Designer and Developer
1990 - 2011
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Architectural, interior and landscape design and development of numerous luxury residential projects of various styles.
1991 - 2010
Los Angeles, CA, USA


Los Angeles, CA, USA
Billy Rose and Co-founder and CEO Mauricio Umansky talk with Ellen Paris of Forbes to discuss the beginnings of The Agency, the company's work culture, and current operations.

Awards & Endorsements

Los Angeles, CA, USA
The top agents on Variety’s list work with the most exclusive properties in the buzziest markets: Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

Billy Rose’s Education

Bachelor of Science, Political Science
1983 - 1986
BA, Politics
1973 - 1983