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Speaker's Biography:

Barry Sternlicht
Chairman and CEO, Starwood Capital Group

Barry Sternlicht is chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, a private investment firm he formed, focused on global real estate, hotel management, oil and gas, energy infrastructure and securities trading. The firm manages $38 billion in assets for its high-net-worth and institutional partners. He is chairman of Starwood Property Trust, Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, TRI Pointe Homes, Societe du Louvre and Baccarat S.A. For 24 years, he has structured investments with an asset value of about $55 billion. He is the founder of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and creator of W Hotels. Sternlicht was named the most important person in commercial real estate finance by the Mortgage Observer. The chairman of the Robin Hood Foundation, he is on the boards of the Estee Lauder Companies, the Real Estate Roundtable and the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center and on the executive advisory board of Americans for the Arts. He holds a B.A. from Brown University, where he is a trustee, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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