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Ian Schrager

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Ian Schrager Company

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Schrager entered the hospitality industry back in the ‘70s as the coowner and co-founder of the infamous Studio 54. He has since then helped to redefine the boutique hotel genre. He is responsible for New York’s landmark Gramercy Park Hotel and its neighboring residential space, 50 Gramercy Park North. Schrager recently partnered up with Marriott to form the Edition hotel brand, which opened its first property in Hawaii in October. He’s also recently launched Schrager Hotels, a hospitality company with plans to both build and renovate properties in several major global cities and is projecting to open 10 to 15 hotels in the next five years.