- Barry Stuart Sternlicht
- Starwood Capital Group
Barry Stuart Sternlicht is founder, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group. Starwood is a private investment firm that is focused on real estate, energy and securities trading. He is also the chairman of Starwood Property Trust which is the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the US trade on the NYSE. He first launched Starwood Capital Group in 1001 with $52 million and his goal was to buy up multi-family apartment buildings that were being auctioned during the government bailout of savings and loan crisis real estate properties. He eventually moved into purchasing hotel sites. Today, Starwood Capital Group is one of the largest and most successful of the investment firms that focus on real estate.