In 1972, Sobrato started working with San Francisco investor Carl Berg. He founded his own real estate firm in 1979 calling it The Sobrato Organization. Investing in his future and paving the way to a prosperous future in real estate has ensured that the Sobrato family is one of the most successful real estate developers on the West Coast. The decision to expand and develop properties in Silicon Valley furthered the Sobrato Organization’s success even more. With ownership of over 7.5 million square feet of commercial office space in Silicon Valley, the Sobrato organization owns the buildings that house Netflix, Yahoo and Apple.The organization also owns nearly 7000 apartments across California.
In 1998, John Albert Sobrato’s son, John Michael Sobrato took over at the helm of the organization, increasing the group’s investment in commercial real estate with the addition of a number of properties in the Silicon Valley area. In 2013, both father and son announced that they would be stepping down from the daily management of the Sobrato Organization to focus their time on philanthropy and charitable work. John Albert Sobrato and his family are listed on both the Forbes 400 and The World’s Billionaires List.