Famous American Hoteliers

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 1 Donald Trump

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Famous As: 45th U.S. President
Birthdate: June 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York

The former President of the United States, Donald Trump was arguably the most controversial president in the American history. He has been characterised as racist and his actions and policies divided America like never before. He lost his bid for re-election to Joe Biden in a bitterly fought election .

 2 Conrad Hilton

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Famous As: American Hotelier and Businessman
Birthdate: December 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Antonio, New Mexico Territory, United States of America
Died: January 3, 1979

Conrad Hilton was an American politician and businessman credited with founding the popular multinational hospitality company, Hilton Hotels Corporation. He is also the founder of a non-profit charitable organization called Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which aims at ending human suffering worldwide. In 1996, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize was created by the foundation in the memory of Conrad Hilton.

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 3 Herman Cain

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: July 30, 2020

The son of a janitor and a domestic help, Herman Cain used his talent in math to join Purdue University. He had worked with the Navy and been an analyst for Coca-Cola. He later headed Pillsbury as its VP. He had announced his presidential candidacy in 2012 but later withdrew.

 4 John Jacob Astor IV

John Jacob Astor IV.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 13, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rhinebeck
Died: April 15, 1912
Business tycoon, real-estate developer, and writer John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV had also served in the Spanish–American War. He belonged to the famed Astor family of New York. Astor died in the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 and was the richest passenger aboard the liner.

 5 Sheldon Adelson

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Famous As: Chief Executive Officer of Las Vegas Sands
Birthdate: August 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 11, 2021

Sheldon Adelson is an American investor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is credited with founding a casino and resort company called Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns several resorts, including The Palazzo and The Venetian. He also owns a couple of Israeli newspapers. Also a well-known philanthropist, Adelson was described in 2016 as one of the men positively influencing Jewish life.

 6 Barron Hilton

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Famous As: Business Magnate
Birthdate: October 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

The second son of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton, Barron Hilton was initially a skilled photographer and had even learned to fly planes. A sports enthusiast, he had also been the AFL president. A philanthropist, too, he left 97% of his wealth to his own charitable foundation.

 7 Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn.
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Famous As: Casino Resort Developer
Birthdate: January 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Haven

The son of a bingo parlor chain, Steve Wynn sold ice-creams as a teenager but grew up to own some of Las Vegas’s most popular casinos, such as The Mirage. A sexual misconduct scandal forced him to step down from the post of the chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts.

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 8 Conrad Hilton Jr.

Conrad Hilton Jr..
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Famous As: Socialite, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Died: March 31, 1969

Born into luxury, the eldest son of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton, Conrad Hilton Jr. was quite a playboy. Not only was he Elizabeth Taylor’s first husband, he also had an affair with his stepmother, Zsa Zsa Gabor. Addicted to alcohol and gambling, he died of a heart attack at 42.

 9 Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA

Democratic Party member and former governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe is a qualified lawyer. Born to a Democratic politician in New York, he began his first business at 14, maintaining driveways and parking lots in his area, and grew up to be a successful banker, real-estate developer, and venture capitalist.

 10 Ian Schrager

Ian Schrager
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, USA

Credited with co-creating the concept of boutique hotels, Ian Schrager began his career with law before partnering with Steve Rubell to run nightclubs, quickly opening Studio 54 and then turning to hotel business to open first boutique lifestyle hotel, Morgans. Later he went on his own to launch Ian Schrager Company, promoting the Public and then Edition brands of hotels.

 11 Harry R. Truman

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: October 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ivydale, West Virginia, United States
Died: May 18, 1980

Initially a bootlegger, Harry R. Truman later leased a 50-acre plot in the woods near the active volcano Mount St. Helens and opened the Mount St. Helens Lodge. He became famous after refusing to evacuate the place after warnings that the volcano would erupt, and was later presumed dead.

 12 Penny Pritzker

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 2, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Penny Pritzke belongs to the influential Pritzker business family of Chicago and is the daughter of Hyatt co-founder Donald Pritzker. While she initially joined her family business and co-founded ventures such as the Pritzker Realty Group and PSP Partners, she later also served as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

 13 G. David Schine

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Famous As: Hotelier
Birthdate: September 11, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gloversville, New York, United States
Died: June 19, 1996

Born to hotel tycoon Junius Myer Schine, G. David Schine was educated at Harvard. He was dragged into a controversy for his association with anti-communist Sen. Joe McCarthy. A plane crash killed both him and his wife, former Miss Universe Hillevi Rombin, and their son who was piloting the plane.

 14 Henry M. Flagler

Henry M. Flagler
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Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: January 2, 1830
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hopewell, New York
Died: May 20, 1913

Financier Henry M. Flagler co-founded the Standard Oil Company along with John D. Rockefeller, Sr. He was initially a grain merchant and later also dabbled in salt manufacture. He also established most of Florida’s hotels, resorts, and railroads, in his bid to develop it as a vacation spot.

 15 J. Willard Marriott

J. Willard Marriott
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 17, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Marriott Settlement, Utah, U.S.
Died: August 13, 1985

Born in Utah, Marriott founder J. Willard Marriott grew up helping his parents on their family farm. The hotel tycoon began his career selling root beer and gradually launched a restaurant chain. The first Marriott hotel was basically a motel and eventually grew into a US$4.5 billion empire.

 16 Jay Pritzker

Jay Pritzker
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 23, 1999

Hyatt Hotels co-founder Jay Pritzker was the patriarch of a $15 billion empire with about 200 companies under him. A qualified lawyer, he was initially associated with his family law and holding firm. He also launched the Pritzker Architecture Prize and was the owner of Braniff Airlines.

 17 Harry Helmsley

Harry Helmsley
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 4, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 4, 1997

Real-estate magnate Harry Helmsley’s company Helmsley-Spear owned some of the largest structures in the U.S, including the Empire State Building. Though he never went to college, he later bought the company he had once worked at as an office boy and named it Dwight, Voorhis & Helmsley.

 18 Jesse H. Jones

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 5, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Robertson County, Tennessee, United States
Died: June 1, 1956

Initially part of his uncle’s lumber business, Jesse H. Jones later opened his own lumberyard and gradually built an empire in banking, construction, and real-estate. A prominent Democratic Party supporter, he had also served as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was associated with the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.

 19 Ellsworth Milton Statler

Ellsworth Milton Statler
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: October 26, 1863
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 16, 1928

Born into poverty, Ellsworth Milton Statler had worked odd jobs as a child and went from being a hotel bell boy at 13 to establishing The Statler Hotels. He had built the first proper hotel with a shower and running water in each room. His business stood firmly on customer service.

 20 George Santo Pietro

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Famous As: Real Estate Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California, United States

Better known as Wheel of Fortune host Vanna White’s former husband, George Santo Pietro is a real-estate magnate. He had initially produced shows such as L.A. Doctors and Two and A Half Men and worked on films such as Muppets Most Wanted. He also owned the restaurants Sushi-Ko and Santopietro's.