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001 Wang Gongquang

Wang Gongquan

With a rebellious spirit, investor extraordinaire and real estate tycoon Wang Gongquan draws inspiration from ancient Chinese concepts to forge a new kind of hospitality.

001 Jeff Stober

Jeff Stober

By supporting local artists and artisans, this high-minded hotelier has transformed creative neighborhoods into global ports of call.

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Jens Von Gierke & Michael Barry

With the shrewdness of a New York real estate guy and the cool collectedness of a Californian, this duo crafted a unique hospitality concept that immerses guests in the West Coast way of life.

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Kalia & Antonis Eliopoulos

A series of serendipitous events led Kalia and Antonis Eliopoulos to hospitality, armed with a natural talent for piecing together a compelling narrative.

001 Yoshitaka Nojiri

Yoshitaka Nojiri

Surfer, family man, academic, and fearless businessman Yoshitaka Nojiri is making his mark as a Design Hotels Original on the Tokyo hospitality scene.

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Sami Lamaa

By crafting authentic experiences from emotional memories, this hospitality visionary has created a rare, sky-high wonder.

001 Rodrigo Machaz

Rodrigo Machaz

A native of Lisbon and a lover of the ocean reflects on the life chapters that led to the opening of his three Memmo hotels.

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Venia Xenou & Christos Xenos

The first family of hospitality on Zakynthos has been shaping the island’s hotel scene for more than three decades and they remain as fresh and relevant as ever today.

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Marco Cilia

Unlike other newcomers to hospitality, this wise Italian focused not on what he knew but on what he didn’t know. And that has made all the difference.

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Magdalena Ponagajbo, Michał Pawlik, and Piotr Ręczajski

Poland’s big creative energy, its many inspiring looks, and its leading artistic visionaries come to a small but powerful stage thanks to the driving force of Mamastudio.

001 Yannis Bellonias

Yannis Bellonias

Part hotelier and all local, this Santorini native is driven to ensure that his guests experience the island he knew as a boy.

001 Paul Salmon

Paul Salmon

It’s rare for a successful financier to trade his career for a dream, especially if the heart of that dream is about bettering the world around him. Paul Salmon is that rare person.

001 Sigurlaug Sverrisdottir

Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir

With the game-changing Ion Adventure Hotel in Iceland’s dramatic hinterlands and the Ion City Hotel in Reykjavik, Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir has dreamed up town and country resorts that are as conscientious as they are irresistible.

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Philippe Schiepan

A true renegade unafraid to follow his vision wherever it may take him, this newcomer to hospitality set out not to build a hotel, but a life.