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Old Oct 5, 09, 3:13 pm   #1
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Famous Luxury Hotel Owners

Famous Luxury Hotel Owners (who are not hoteliers per se)

Sultan of Brunei: Dorchester London, Plaza Athenee Paris, Le Meurice Paris, Hotel Bel Air, Beverly Hills Hotel, New York Palace, Principe di Savoya

King of Morocco: La Mamounia Marrakech

Prince Albert II: SBM (Hotel de Paris, Hermitage, MC Beach Hotel in Monaco)

Colonel Gaddafi: Laica Hotels (many former Kempinskis, Sofitels and Intercontis in Africa)

The Aga Khan: Serena Hotels

The Rothschild Family: Le Chalet du Mont d'Arbois, Megève

Mohammed al Fayed: Ritz Paris

Prince Al Waleed: shares in Fairmont, Four Seasons, Mövenpick

Bill Gates: shares in Four Seasons

George Soros: Llao Llao Resort Bariloche

Richard Branson: Kasbah Tamadot, Ulusaba, Necker Island, Sa Terra Rotja Mallorca, The Lodge at Verbier

Johann Rupert: Les Trois Rois, Basel

David Coulthard: Columbus Monaco

Bernie Ecclestone: The Olden Gstaad, Le Castellet

Didi Mateschitz (Red Bull): Lautaca Fiji, ex-Forbes property

Lewis Hamilton: owns a hotel in Bermuda. Which one is it?

Getty, Rockefeller, Hearst, Forbes families: any famous hotel properties still?

Any other suggestions for famous luxury hotel owners?

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Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas own the Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa in Bermuda, stayed there and it was amazing (ly expensive).
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FS New York, owned by the inventor of Beanie Babies, Ty Warren.
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FS New York, owned by the inventor of Beanie Babies, Ty Warren.
Ty Warner also owns the FS Biltmore in Santa Barbara, San Ysidro Ranch, and Las Ventanas al Paraiso as well.
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Perhaps more in the infamous category is Harry and Leona Helmsley who used to own the New York Palace hotel.

Going back into time many of the top echelon families in the US were hoteliers: Astor, Waldorf, Flagler, Vanderbilt (I think)
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http://business.timesonline.co.uk/to...le6101440.ece#

Just curious, does anyone know if Raffles in Singapore has new owner now?
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Also just remembered, Robert DeNiro co-owns the Hotel Greenwich (boutique/luxury) in NYC
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Just curious, does anyone know if Raffles in Singapore has new owner now?
Interesting article.

Need to add The Savoy in London to Al Waleed's list.

Didn't hear about his Raffles being sold.
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The King of Thailand: Kempinski, Dusit, Cham Hotels
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Interesting article.

Need to add The Savoy in London to Al Waleed's list.

Didn't hear about his Raffles being sold.
The Savoy London is a Fairmont. Al Waleed also owns the Raffles group. He is divesting majority ownership of Raffles Singapore but the Raffles management group will continue to run it.
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Thanks to all. Very interesting information!
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The Oetker Family (of Dr. Oetker products) also own Hotel Le Bristol in Paris, Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Cap Antibes, Brenner's Park in Baden-Baden, Park Hotel Vitznau in Lucerne, and, Chateau Du Domaine St. Martin in Vence.
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Fun list trophycollector.

Some others:

Michael Dell - Four Seasons Maui
David Murdock (Dole) - Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay and Four Seasons Lodge at Koele (Lanai)
Dick DeVos (Amway) - Peter Island and a Cape Eleuthera project in Bahamas
David Copperfield - Mushay Cay (Bahamas)

Francis Ford Coppola
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
http://www.newsweek.com/id/34874

Forgot to add for Richard Branson - Mosquito Island

And though they're not all that luxurious anymore, I'd be happy to stay at any former Laurance Rockefeller owned property in a natural preserve: Caneel Bay (St John USVI), Little Dix Bay (Virgin Gorda BVI), Mauna Kea (Big Island), Jenny Lake Lodge (Grand Teton Nat'l Park)
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Thanks W2B Globetrotter !
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FORBES Billionaire List "Billionaire's Hotels”

http://www.forbes.com/2006/05/25/alw...liehotels.html

Sandy Lane Hotel, St. James, Barbados Owner: Dermot Desmond

Four Seasons Domaine de Terre Blanche, Provence, France Owner: Dietmar Hopp

Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland Owner: Karl-Heinz Kipp

Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate George, South Africa Owner: Hasso Plattner

Four Seasons George V, Paris Owner: Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud
"I have 286 hotels I own directly or indirectly all over the world. They are my homes," says Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud of Saudi Arabia, when asked if he has a second home

Monkey Island Hotel, Bray-on-Thames, England Owner: Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor

Le Royal Beirut, Lebanon Owner: Nadhmi Auchi

Kairaba Hotel Gambia, West Africa Owner: Nasser Al-Kharafi

Genting Highlands Resort, Malaysia Owner: Lim Goh Tong

Donbass Palace, Donetsk, Ukraine Owner: Rinat Akhmetov

Kona Village, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Owner: Ty Warner
American Beanie Babies billionaire Ty Warner also owns Four Seasons New York and Las Ventanas al Paraiso Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico.
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