Thomas Kramer, Notorious SoBe Developer, Films Family Reality Show

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Thomas Kramer 
Miami Beach's most controversial resident is ready for his close up. Thomas Kramer, the billionaire German developer who reshaped the South Beach skyline with glitzy condos, has made a reality show television pilot. After watching it on Youtube, we want more.

In the episode, the 56-year-old playboy is preparing for one of his extravagant bon vivant soirees at his $65 million compound on Star Island as he juggles his most daunting challenge yet: fatherhood.

After decades of hardcore partying, Kramer is reunited with his only daughter Joya Burda, a cute 20-year-old blonde who finds her poppa's lifestyle repulsive. It's a recipe tailor made for Bravo or Vh1. Think The Apprentice meets The Real World.

The 22-minute pilot opens with an aerial shot of Kramer's massive estate. The camera cuts to a decadent pool party with an abundance of beautiful bikini-clad young ladies frolicking about. Then it's a close up of Kramer lounging in a red pillow-like flotation device and enjoying a cigar. His deep heavily accented baritone provides a voiceover:

"Money has always been my life. Some would say it's my wife. After conquering Wall Street, my next challenge was real estate. And what better place than Miami? I worked hard and played harder."



As Kramer says the last sentence, the lens pans to a bath tub, where he is surrounded by three buxom brown-skinned women enjoying a bubble bath. It's classic Kramer, who is probably the most hated developer among Miami Beach historic preservationists. Kramer didn't want to discuss his new television project with us. Guess he's still sore about this gem of a New Times profile. In fact, Kramer has a sign warning his female conquests about 24-hour surveillance cameras in his bedroom ever since that nanny accused him of rape.

After making a fortune and losing it all in the futures market, Kramer swooped into Miami Beach in 1992 and purchased $20 million worth of prime waterfront real estate. When city officials approved Kramer's plans to build the 484-foot tall Portofino Tower on the edge of South Pointe Park, Miami Beach activists mobilized to stop the German developer from building more high rises along the shore. In 1997, the year his tower was completed, Kramer spent $1.5 million to defeat a referendum changing the city's charter so that increases in zoning density along the waterfront would require a public vote. Yet, despite only having $20,000, the grassroots group Save Miami Beach beat Kramer at the polls.

Following his public battle with Miami Beach residents, Kramer has been sued by his former in-laws for allegedly stiffing them out of $100 million, arrested for allegedly fondling a 13-year-old boy at New York City's Rockerfeller Center, and taken to court by a woman who alleged he groped her breast at a Halloween party on Lincoln Road. The case involving the boy was dismissed and the lawsuit with the woman ended in a mistrial.

According to a recent story published on the website MiamiBeach411, Kramer has sort of reformed his hard-partying ways. He's been sober for three years. But that hasn't stopped him from throwing bacchanals at his castle-style bachelor pad.

In the pilot, the camera crew follows Kramer and his sycophantic employees making preparations for his Labor Day Party fundraiser for starving children in Somalia. How noble.

While Kramer is the star, his daughter Joya steals the spotlight. She doesn't approve of his "pimp or swinger parties or whatever you call it." While taking her friends on a tour of Biscayne Bay on Kramer's yacht, we find out that Kramer, known as TK, requires young women who want to attend his fetes to submit photographs of themselves. "TK rates them," relays one of Joya's friends. "He says, 'OK, you're hot, you can come to my party.'"

Joya adds: "I am so over my dad's party life. He's 56-years-old."

Meanwhile, back at his compound, Kramer regales his male employees with his bachelor pearls of wisdom. "Marriage is for people who can't afford a house keeper or a prostitute," Kramer says. "Just to find someone you can spend a night with is a very hard undertaking."

Good times, indeed.

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Floridian
Floridian

Hard to figure out all these conflicting comments if the guy has a good personality or not. I am wondering what channel will broadcast this show. http://miamirealestateinc.com

Alejandro
Alejandro

I am an lucky and honored to have a friend like Thomas, whatever the past was that's in the past, he is the most noble friend ever, and just a good guy.  I am sick and tired of reading negative shit about him that's not even true and from 15 years ago, I am glad new times loved the show but there was no reason to bring about his past....   No one in this town is a saint in any way imaginable... leave TK  ALONE You mess with him, you mess with me... he is a good guy, and has become one of the coolest person I admire..  

David
David

Im so tired of people hating on TK. It is so stupid how the press loves to trash this guy because they know he is a person of interest and up to silly antics. He is a fun loving guy with an eccentric personality but I wouldn't call him a bad guy at all. 

Gina
Gina

Oh please, leave the guy alone. Everyone is so quick to judge. He had some negative press in the early 90's which was almost a decade ago. 

Elle
Elle

Thomas has done great things to bring South Pointe/South Beach to the awesome place that it is today!

Who are we to judge someone like we are perfect!

Keepin it real
Keepin it real

Lets be real, all the bad things are old...seems like the guy has changed....Since when is it wrong to party or throw parties at your house? Gesh I hope i never become famous....dont think Im ready for all the judging from people who probably do the same....

Maria
Maria

Why u people judge this guy without even knowing him? Judging is so easy, maybe you are just jealous. Shame on u! Ps. the show is funny :)

Peter Patrelly
Peter Patrelly

I love the production. Its so funny. His daughter Joia is like Paris Hilton I want to meet her!!! Thomas Kramer seems to be a super PARTY MEN and an amazing business man in one person. Is that even possible. RESPECT MR. Kramer

Ghetto manners
Ghetto manners

He acts like he stole his money from his ex-wife's family. Oh, he did.

Scubasteve
Scubasteve

This is funny... what a horrible production. The best part is THEY KNOW THEY ARE BEING FILMED... and they still act like chimps.

Broke ugly strippers
Broke ugly strippers

Kramer is an embarrassment. He has to pay lowlife broke fat strippers to attend his parties. Normal girls know to stay away. Too many rapes.

Stole $120 Mil
Stole $120 Mil

Thomas Kramer was rude and disgusting in the 1980's and he is worse now. I hope he has to return the $120 MILLION he is accused of stealing.

Jg333333
Jg333333

Most people know that this character stole over $150,000,000, (yes, millions) form his ex-father in law and then he came here and bought land by the ton, which anyone with that money could In fact, just google the words THOMAS KRAMER PEDOPHILE, or THOMAS KRAMER RAPE or THOMAS KRAMER SEXUAL ASSAULT and you will find that the only reason why this man is free, is b/c of the money he has, that was stolen. Even here at http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com if you search for his name on the top right, you will see some of it.  An alcoholic and a drug adict being trailed by only coke-heads and prostitutes at his parties, which he is quite old for now. Anyone that parties him trashes him behind his back.

http://goo.gl/3XZijhttp://www.... http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com... It is really sickening to see him in our town, but hopefully has few years left as a free man, or alive. Just research public records and it is easy to spot the trash. What a insult to the human being race! 

Jg
Jg

Most people know that this scumbag stole over $150,000,000, (yes, millions) form his ex-father in law and then he came here and bought land by the ton, which anyone with that money could In fact, just google the words THOMAS KRAMER PEDOPHILE, or THOMAS KRAMER RAPE or THOMAS KRAMER SEXUAL ASSAULT and you will find that the only reason why this man is free, is b/c of the money he has, that was stolen. Even here at http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com if you search for his name on the top right, you will see some of it.  An alcoholic and a coke head being trailed by only coke-heads and prostitutes at his parties, which he is quite old for now. Anyone that parties him trashes him behind his back.

http://goo.gl/3XZij

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/1...

 

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com...

 

It is really sickening to see him in our town, but hopefully has few years left as a free man, or alive. Just research public records and it is easy to spot the trash. What a insult to the human being race! Continuously trashing women and all

Mark
Mark

The reality show as he calls it is a jokeAmateur hour at its bestGreat quote a guy just gets married because he can't afford a cleaning lady or a hookerThat shows you what a chauvinist this man isI bet women will really like that

maria.a.marques
maria.a.marques

@Broke ugly strippers  YOU ARE SO WRONG!!! I AM A WELL EDUCATED WOMAN,AN ART DEALER,WHO SPEAKS 5 LANGUAGES , A VERY NORMAL PERSON AND

I WAS THOMAS GIRLFRIEND SOME 30 YEARS AGO  WHEN HE FIRST COME TO BRAZIL..HE IS A GENTLEMAN,FASCINATING,AND OUTRAGEOUSLY INTELLIGENT.WHO INVITED MY PARENTS FOR DINNER!!!

HE USES HIS HIGH IQ TO TEASE THOSE WHO DONT UNDERSTAND HIS GENIALITY.SO YES, HE CAN BE COCKY,HE CAN BE WHATEVER HE WANTS,BUT IT IS NOT BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF MONEY HE HAS...IF LOOSES ALL HE WOULD MAKE IT BIGGER! THAT THOMAS.

HE HAS A GOOD HEART.

AND BELIEVE ME HE IS TOO SOPHISTICATED TO GO AROUND RAPING PEOPLE.SO STOP MAKING COMMENTS ABOUT SOME BODY YOU DONT KNOW


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