Real Estate Mogul Brian O’Neill’s Big Health-Care Bet

Brian O’Neill doesn’t bet small. Nearly every venture the Philadelphia real estate magnate has pursued over his 30-year career was once deemed too big, too expensive, or, in some cases, just too outrageous to get done. More than a few of those projects have caved under the weight of O’Neill’s blind ambition. But he still embraces big vision.

Unconventional habits, like reading five newspapers before 5 a.m. every morning and doggedly recruiting some of the world’s leading talent — O’Neill once pursued a health-care administrator for four years until she finally joined his team — have sharpened his knack for making investments in the right places at the right time. As O’Neill explains it, it’s about envisioning an enormous goal and working backwards, filling in the details as he inches closer to a project’s completion…

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