Hoteliers

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Hoteliers are the ones who own or manage hotels. Commonly referred to as the hotel manager, these professionals hold a management position in a hotel, motel or resort. A hotel is an establishment that provides accommodation, meals, and other related services to tourists and travelers. The duties and responsibilities of a hotel manager depend upon the size and scale of the hotel he manages. Larger hotels have large management teams headed by a general manager with separate assistant managers representing various departments while smaller hotels will have only two or three managers supervising the entire operations. It is the hotelier who is responsible for the routine day-to-day management of the hotel—he has to supervise the staff, plan for and organize the hotel services, and oversee the housekeeping activities. They are also accountable for the financial management and have to ensure profit maximization through customer satisfaction. In larger hotels the manager would have less interaction with the guests though in smaller establishments the manager would personally be involved in dealing with the guests. Many times the hotel owners also serve as the hotel managers. Find out about the life and works of famous hoteliers from all over the world, through their biographies, in this section.
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Ratan Tata
(Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons)
Ratan Tata
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Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surat

Ratan Tata is a well-known Indian industrialist and the former charman of Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Sons. His reign as chairman was marked by acquisitions of iconic global brands, such as Tetley, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus by the Tata Group. Ratan Tata was instrumental in turning Tata Group from a largely India-centrist group into a global business.

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Conrad Hilton
(American Businessman and Founder of the ‘Hilton Hotels’ Chain)
Conrad Hilton
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Birthdate: December 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Antonio, New Mexico, United States
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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Mohamed Al-Fayed
(Egyptian Businessman and Owner of 'Hôtel Ritz Paris')
Mohamed Al-Fayed
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Birthdate: January 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: El-Gomorok, Alexandria

Mohamed Al-Fayed is a businessman whose son Dodi Fayed's death in a car crash alongside Diana, Princess of Wales became international news. Apart from being one of the richest businessmen in the world, Al-Fayed is also a humanitarian. In 1987, he established the Al Fayed Charitable Foundation, which aims at helping children living in poverty and children with life-limiting conditions.

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John Jacob Astor IV
(Businessman, Investor, and Founder of the ‘Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’)
John Jacob Astor IV
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Birthdate: July 13, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rhinebeck Village, Rhinebeck, New York, United States
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.
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Barron Hilton
(Former Chairman, President and CEO of 'Hilton Hotels')
Barron Hilton
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Birthdate: October 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: September 19, 2019

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.

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Steve Wynn
(Casino Resort Developer)
Steve Wynn
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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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Sheldon Adelson
(American Businessman, Founder and CEO of ‘Las Vegas Sands Corporation’)
Sheldon Adelson
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Birthdate: August 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Conrad Hilton Jr.
(American Businessman, Socialite and Son of Conrad Hilton—the Founder of Hilton Hotels)
Conrad Hilton Jr.
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Birthdate: July 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: February 5, 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.

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Seth Bullock
(Politician)
Seth Bullock
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Birthdate: July 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amherstburg, Canada
Died: September 23, 1919

Canadian-American frontiersman, hardware store owner, sheriff, U.S. Marshal, horse breeder and hotel owner Seth Bullock is best known for building the Bullock Hotel, the oldest hotel in Deadwood. Bullock was appointed the first sheriff of the then lawless Dakota where he eventually emerged as a prominent figure civilizing the rowdy camp without killing anyone.

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David A. Siegel
(President of Westgate Resorts)
David A. Siegel
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Birthdate: May 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Harry R. Truman
(Businessman)
Harry R. Truman
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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.

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Ian Schrager
(American Entrepreneur, Hotelier and Co-Founder of Broadway Theatre 'Studio 54')
Ian Schrager
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Birthdate: July 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

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.

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Henry Flagler
(American Industrialist and a Founder of 'Standard Oil')
Henry Flagler
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Birthdate: January 2, 1830
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hopewell, New York, United States
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.

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G. David Schine
(Hotelier)
G. David Schine
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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.

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Ritesh Agarwal
(Entrepreneur)
Ritesh Agarwal
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Birthdate: November 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bissam Cuttack, Rayagada, Odisha, India
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J. Willard Marriott
(Founder of the 'Marriott International, Inc')
J. Willard Marriott
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Birthdate: September 17, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Marriott-Slaterville, Utah, United States
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.

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Jay Pritzker
(American Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of 'Hyatt Corporation')
Jay Pritzker
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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.

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Abe Saffron
(Hotelier, nightclub owner and property developer)
Abe Saffron
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Birthdate: October 6, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Annandale, New South Wales, Australia
Died: September 15, 2006
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Princess Nina of Greece and Denmark
(Businesswoman, heiress and socialite)
Princess Nina of Greece and Denmark
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Birthdate: January 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Moritz, Switzerland
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Amy Yip
(Actress)
Amy Yip
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Birthdate: July 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: British Hong Kong
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Harry Helmsley
(Businessman)
Harry Helmsley
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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.

Charles Forte, Baron Forte
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Birthdate: November 26, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Monforte, Italy
Died: February 28, 2007

Charles Forte, Baron Forte was a Scottish hotelier best remembered for establishing the hospitality company that eventually became the Forte Group. He is also credited with opening the first catering service at Heathrow Airport in London in the 1950s. In 1970, Charles Forte was knighted by Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon for his achievements and contributions.

Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
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Birthdate: May 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: December 21, 2003
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Albert Yeung
(Founder and Chairman of Emperor Group.)
Albert Yeung
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Birthdate: March 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hong Kong, Empire of Japan
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Michael Kadoorie
(Entrepreneur and Philanthropist)
Michael Kadoorie
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Birthdate: July 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hong Kong
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Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi
(Chief executive officer)
Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi
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Birthdate: February 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi, India
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Fred Harvey
(Entrepreneur)
Fred Harvey
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Birthdate: June 27, 1835
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 9, 1901
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Ellsworth Milton Statler
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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.

Lawrence Kadoorie, Baron Kadoorie
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Birthdate: June 2, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hong Kong, China
Died: August 25, 1993
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George Santo Pietro
(Real Estate Entrepreneur)
George Santo Pietro
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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.

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Okura Kihachiro
(Founder of ‘Ōkura-gumi’ and ‘Ōkura Shōgyō Gakkō’, Predecessors of 'Taisei Corporation' and ‘Tokyo University of Economics’)
Okura Kihachiro
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Birthdate: October 23, 1837
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shibata, Niigata, Japan
Died: April 5, 1928