A Company of Builders

McCourt Global (MG) is a private family company focused on building for tomorrow through its work across real estate, sports & media, technology, capital investment, and social impact. Led by founder and Executive Chairman Frank McCourt, a civic entrepreneur and fifth-generation builder, and an international leadership team, MG extends the McCourt family’s 130-year legacy of developing infrastructure and merging community and social impact with financial results — an approach that began when the original McCourt company was launched in Boston in 1893. 

Take my word as a builder: building is joyful. There is no joy in tearing things down. There’s no joy in hatred, anger, or resentment. But there is great joy, no matter how hard the work, in building, creating, and improving—with purpose and compassion… and with love.

Frank McCourt, Executive Chairman of McCourt Global, speaking at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy commencement ceremony in May 2023

The McCourt Family’s 130-Year Legacy of Building


1893

John McCourt, an Irish immigrant, launches the John McCourt Company in Boston, just as industry and innovation are beginning to change the shape of the city and the nation.

black-and-white; John McCourt Co. roller truck on a Boston street in the early 20th century

1900s

McCourt lays the foundation for what quickly becomes one of Boston’s most respected road-building businesses. While the company will grow and diversify in the decades and generations to come, its focus on “building for tomorrow” will remain.

black-and-white; road being built in Boston in the early 20th century

1930s

The John McCourt Company is run by John’s three sons – Francis, Tom, and John Jr. – and is regarded as one of the leading road-building companies in New England.

black-and-white; the early 20th century Boston skyline

1930s

The first half of the 20th Century sees the infrastructure needs of a newly mobile population increase dramatically, as did the opportunities for the company and the McCourt family.

1939

Frank McCourt, son of Francis graduates from Georgetown University and launches the family’s multi-generational relationship with the institution.

black-and-white; airfield of WWII-era military planes

1940s

World War II opens new doors to partnership and service for the John McCourt Company and the McCourt family. Working with the U.S. military, the company builds airports across New England.

The McCourt family plays a key role in the enlargement and modernization of what is later known as Logan International Airport.

black-and-white; flag stating "Boston Braves, 1948, National League Champions" being raised at Braves Stadium

1947

Now running the family business, Francis McCourt becomes part-owner of the Boston Braves.

1948

The Variety Club of New England and the Boston Braves together establish the Jimmy Fund, the first charity ever to advance research and treatment for children’s cancer. This would later inspire ThinkCure, the official charity of of the L.A. Dodgers organization.

1950s-60s

After service during World War II, Frank McCourt returns to Boston and the family business where he leads the company’s evolution from road builder to general contractor, taking on larger and more complicated infrastructure projects across the city.

black-and-white; Healy Hall at Georgetown University

1970

Following graduation from Georgetown University, Frank H. McCourt, Jr. enters the family business. He quickly expands the company’s footprint through a series of significant development projects across the Northeast United States.

Manhole cover with "MFS McCourt" on it

1977

Frank McCourt leaves his great-grandfather’s 80-year-old construction business to establish his own dream, The McCourt Company.

Union Wharf Condominiums

1977

The McCourt Company purchases and develops Union Wharf Condominium on the iconic Boston Harbor and begins to acquire and renovate several multifamily residential projects on the waterfront as well as in the Back Bay and Beacon Hill areas of Boston.

Aerial view of the Boston Seaport

1977

McCourt purchases several large parcels in the emerging Fort Point district and quickly makes an impact, working closely with community leaders and city officials in Boston to develop a masterplan for what would become the Boston Seaport District today.

1970s-80s

The next generation, represented by brothers Richard, David, and Frank Jr., further expands and diversifies the family business. Richard continues the family’s large-scale infrastructure construction, including Boston’s “Big Dig”, and work at Logan International Airport. David adds telecommunications and media to the family business as he builds several industry-leading companies, such as MFS/McCourt, RCN, and C-TEC.

1985

Building off the success of multiple condominium projects in Boston’s suburbs, Edgewater Condominium makes its debut as McCourt’s first ground-up development project. A resounding success, the 158-unit building was sold out within one week.

1986

Quickly gaining traction, McCourt is approached with a unique opportunity to build, from the ground-up, a waterfront residential community in South Portland, Maine, comprised of a high-rise building, 23 townhouses and a 121-slip marina, today known as Breakwater at Spring Point.

Aerial photo of Boston

1987

McCourt develops its first parking lot on Northern Avenue (the future Seaport Boulevard), expanding to 8 separate lots housing nearly 3,000 spaces by 2004.

Construction workers building the Big Dig

1991-2004

As construction begins on the Big Dig in Boston, McCourt continues to play an active role alongside City officials, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and federal agencies, helping to inform how the major infrastructure projects would create better connectivity and to lay the groundwork for the Seaport. As a significant landowner in the district, McCourt worked closely with the MBTA on the design of a new station for the Silver Line extension.

Dodgers players celebrating on the field

2004

McCourt purchases the Los Angeles Dodgers and 260 acres surrounding the stadium.

The McCourt Company relocates its headquarters to Los Angeles.

2007

McCourt completes a landmark renovation project for Los Angeles’ beloved Dodger Stadium including full seating replacements in the bowl area, full renovation of the field level, stadium club improvements and safety enhancements including structural and seismic upgrades for an enhanced gameday experience.

2008

While owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, McCourt leads several important philanthropic initiatives, including the launch of ThinkCure! Focused on funding research that leads to a cure for cancer, the not-for-profit is modeled after the Jimmy Fund which his grandfather helped create 60 years before. Frank also works in partnership with the Dodgers Dream Foundation by committing to build fifty “Dodger Dreamfields” to provide children throughout Greater Los Angeles with access to baseball fields.

2008

As Dodger Stadium approaches its 50th anniversary, McCourt develops and announces the Next 50 project, a multi-faceted stadium improvement plan bringing modern amenities to Dodger fans while preserving the stadium’s rich history. McCourt’s Next 50 project ultimately became the blueprint for upgrades and improvements enjoyed by Angelenos today.

Runners competition in the Los Angeles Marathon

2008

McCourt acquires the operating rights to the Los Angeles Marathon, designing a visionary “Stadium to the Sea” course and later donating the for-profit marathon business to the nonprofit McCourt Foundation.

Baseball game at Dodgers Stadium

2009

Camelback Ranch, yet another ground-up project spearheaded by McCourt, opens in Glendale Arizona. The 13,000-seat stadium is presently the spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.

2012

McCourt Partners launches as a private investment platform with over $1 billion in permanent capital and a clear vision to build for tomorrow.

Aerial view of Midtown Manhattan

2013

Following the Dodgers sale, McCourt’s company, McCourt Global, opens its headquarters in New York City and focuses on global business opportunities in real estate, sports & media, and capital investment.

Frank McCourt delivering the 2023 commencement speech for the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University

2013

McCourt makes significant investments in philanthropic endeavors including a $100 million transformational gift to launch the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, which will contribute data-driven, policy-based research and solutions to the urgent policy issues of our time.

2014

MG becomes 50 percent owner of the Global Champions League and Tour, the equestrian world’s most celebrated international show-jumping competition, which MG sells for nearly double the original price in 2022. MG also franchises the acclaimed Miami Celtics equestrian show-jumping team for multiple seasons.

Exterior of the Orange Vélodrome in Marseille, France

2016

MG acquires the iconic Ligue 1 French football club Olympique de Marseille (OM). The club played in its first Europa League final in 14 years in it’s second season under MG’s ownership and returned to the sport’s biggest stage, the UEFA Champions League, in 2020 and 2022. Our company is proud to serve as steward of this legendary club, which inspires and unites the citizens of France’s oldest city, has helped make Marseille one of the world’s fastest growing destinations, and elevates the local community via OM Foundation initiatives.

Rendering of The Shed in Hudson Yards

2017

MG provides a $45 million donation to help launch The Shed, a cutting-edge cultural arts center and community hub that is helping to revitalize Manhattan’s historic Hudson Yards neighborhood. The Shed names its iconic 17,000 square foot multi-use hall The McCourt, in recognition of Frank, who now sits on the board of directors.

Unfinished demonstration in Washington Square Park; a banner with "TECH OUR UNDOING?" text

2020

MG develops the Unfinished initiative, uniting leaders and experts from across technology, academia, social impact, and the arts to imagine and create a thriving democracy and just economy. Unfinished develops a vibrant, international network of nearly one hundred partner organizations, and in 2021 and 2022, hosts the celebrated Unfinished Live convening in New York City.

2020

OM returns to the European football league’s biggest stage by qualifying for the UEFA Champions League in 2020 and again in 2022.

2021

Amplica Labs (formerly Unfinished Labs) creates the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol (DSNP), a groundbreaking open-source protocol designed to serve as a new infrastructure for the next generation of the web. DSNP lays a foundation for internet users to own and control their data, and to participate more fully in the digital economy.

McCourt Institute building at Sciences Po

2021

Project Liberty’s institute (formerly The McCourt Institute) is established to prioritize digital governance in the development of the next generation of the internet. The institute’s founding academic partners include Georgetown University, Sciences Po, and Stanford University. It is collaborating with MIT’s Center for Constructive Communication and Cortico to support the creation of healthier social networks.

Rider competing at the Global Champions League Super Cup

2022

The Miami Celtics equestrian show-jumping team claim the Global Champions League Super Cup.

2022

MG is selected for inclusion in the “50 Leaders of Change” documentary series by Reuters.com. The series spotlights “companies leading the way towards a new tomorrow” and highlights MG’s efforts in launching Project Liberty.

Rendering of gondolas with the Los Angeles skyline

2022

Committed to sustainable and inclusive real estate development, McCourt Partners announces the donation of the Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit Project (LA ART) project to Zero-Emission Transportation (ZET), a local subsidiary nonprofit of Climate Resolve. This zero-emission urban gondola aims to transform LA transit by providing a safe, environmentally friendly connection from Union Station to Dodger Stadium in just seven minutes.

2022

Amplica Labs is the initial technical contributors to FrequencyThis blockchain supports the scaling of the Social Web, empowering users and developers by freeing personal data from centralized control and upending business models that incentivize the spread of misinformation and divisive content.

2023

In 2023, MG helps establish the Project Liberty Action Network to support policies and public officials that prioritize healthier technology.

Frank McCourt and Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson at TEDLIVE X McCourt//Institute event

2023

Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson steps into her new role as chief executive officer of MG.

With Frank McCourt now as Executive Chairman, McCourt Global operates with that same sense of responsibility to humanity, with a recognition of our place in history and a commitment to our civic life. More than a century after the original McCourt Company was founded, we remain focused on what has inspired our organization’s work from the very beginning: taking the high road and the long view to build for a better tomorrow.

2023

Olympique de Marseille (OM) is named the Best Professional Club in the 2022-2023 UEFA Grassroots Award for creating and developing FC LA Castellane, a grassroots community team that champions youth in an underserved neighborhood.

2024

Frank McCourt releases his first book, OUR BIGGEST FIGHT: Reclaiming Liberty, Humanity, and Dignity in the Digital Age, a resounding call to action for building a healthier and more equitable internet that frees users from Big Tech’s exploitation, recognizes individuals’ rights to their data, safeguards children, and prioritizes the common good. Proceeds go to support the Project Liberty Institute in its mission to create a healthier web.

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