Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Another day, another hotel, in typical Sam Nazarian style, he snags what was to be Palihouse Hollywood, further securing his place as the entertainment and real estate industries MVP with high-end assets.
Company: SBE Entertainment Group
Industry: Entertainment/Real Estate
What Made Him Haute: In 2006 he was the youngest executive to be named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Southern California,” and his empire has only continued to grow. From nightclubs, hotels and casinos to real estate, finance and films, Nazarian has mastered them all.
What Makes Him Haute Now: Merge hotelier, restaurateur, night owl and a whole lot of power and you get just a fraction of Sam Nazarian. Head coach of SBE, Sam Nazarian’s team of celeb-studded Hollywood hot-spots leads the game. Nazarian’s most talked about championship wins as of late — the openings of SLS Beverly Hills, Katsuya L.A. and Colony — showcase his master handling of the respective hotel, restaurant and nightlife industries, but Nazarian’s play clock never runs out. Nazarian has had his hands full giving Gladstone’s World Class Seafood a facelift; finishing his Miami property; briefly dating The Hills blonde knockout Kristin Cavallari; and running Abbey Food & Bar, Hyde Lounge, four Katsuya restaurants, SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, the Sahara in Las Vegas and several others. He continues to redefine trendsetting lifestyle hospitality with his latest undertaking, the former Palihouse Hollywood on Vine Street, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Still nameless, his new concept will be a Bohemian complement to SLS, complete with 67 rooms and a soon-to-be-revealed “culinary center” that has been in the works for almost four months now.