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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 1 Donald Trump

Donald Trump.
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 Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata.
Famous As: Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons
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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 3 Conrad Hilton

Conrad Hilton.
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.

 4 Herman Cain

Herman Cain.
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.

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 5 Mohamed Al-Fayed

Mohamed Al-Fayed.
Famous As: Owner of Hôtel Ritz Paris
Birthdate: January 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: El-Gomorok

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.

 6 Aga Khan IV

Aga Khan IV.
Famous As: Imam of Nizari Ismailism
Birthdate: December 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Geneva

Aga Khan IV is the current Imam of Nizari Ismailism. Serving as the imam since 1957, Aga Khan claims to be a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. Apart from being the current leader of the Institution of the Imamate, Aga Khan is also a business magnate and one of the world's richest royals, according to Forbes.

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 7 John Jacob Astor IV

John Jacob Astor IV.
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.
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 8 Jamsetji Tata

Jamsetji Tata.
Famous As: Father of Indian Industry
Birthdate: March 3, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Navsari, Gujarat, India
Died: May 19, 1904
Legendary Indian industrialist Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata established the Tata Group and the city of Jamshedpur, too. The Father of Indian Industry also founded the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, which was the only Indian hotel with electricity back then. His legacy was carried forward by subsidiaries such as Tata Steel.

 9 Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson.
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.

 10 Barron Hilton

Barron Hilton.
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.

 11 Neil Morrissey

Neil Morrissey
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK

Best known for his role of Tony in Men Behaving Badly, English actor Neil Anthony Morrissey developed a love for acting while in school. He has played significant roles in various films and televise series like The Bounty, Bob the Builder, Waterloo Road, Line of Duty, and Boon. Also a successful businessperson, he now owns a chain of pubs in Staffordshire.

 12 Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn.
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.

 13 Conrad Hilton Jr.

Conrad Hilton Jr..
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.

 14 Seth Bullock

Seth Bullock
Famous As: Politician
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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 15 Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe
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.

 16 Ian Schrager

Ian Schrager
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.

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 17 Harry R. Truman

Harry R. Truman
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.

 18 Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker
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.

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 19 G. David Schine

G. David Schine.
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.

 20 Henry M. Flagler

Henry M. Flagler
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.

 21 J. Willard Marriott

J. Willard Marriott
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.

 22 Jay Pritzker

Jay Pritzker
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.

 23 Harry Helmsley

Harry Helmsley
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.

 24 Amy Yip

Amy Yip
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: British Hong Kong

 25 Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: December 21, 2003

 26 Charles Forte, Baron Forte

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

 27 Fred Harvey

Fred Harvey
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 27, 1835
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 9, 1901

 28 Jesse H. Jones

Jesse H. Jones
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.

 29 Ellsworth Milton Statler

Ellsworth Milton Statler
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.

 30 Lawrence Kadoorie, Baron Kadoorie

Lawrence Kadoorie, Baron Kadoorie
Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: June 2, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hong Kong, China
Died: August 25, 1993

 31 George Santo Pietro

George Santo Pietro.
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.

 32 Okura Kihachiro

Okura Kihachiro
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 23, 1837
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shibata, Niigata, Japan
Died: April 5, 1928

 33 Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi

Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi
Famous As: Chief executive officer
Birthdate: February 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi, India

 34 Ritesh Agarwal

Ritesh Agarwal
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bissam Cuttack, Rayagada, Odisha, India
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