Ian Schrager is a renowned American hotelier, real estate investor and entrepreneur, and he received international recognition for the concepts that introduced the revolution in the food and beverage industry, entertainment, catering housing and retail.
You can only imagine what he accomplished for more than five decades of his work. This guy was truly passionate about developing a more modern way of living and lifestyle.
Ian set a standard even decades ago, not to talk about his newest projects and ideas. He is still developing, no matter of the fact he is 73. This innovative entrepreneur has more than an interesting background. Even though some things on his way tried to hinder Ian from becoming what he is today, he managed to withstand them all, and rise above the situation.
Ian can be a great inspiration in regards of his ideas and his mind, but also give us a lesson about certain methods we should restrain from if we want to make a success without having a case record on the other hand.
The world-famous entrepreneur was born in Brooklyn on July 19, 1946, in a middle-class family.
He had very close relationships with his parents, and especially with his father, from whom he learned a lot about life as well as about job.
One of the most important things that made Ian Schrager the way he is was that his father tried to build an impeccable system of values in Ian, and he did a great job.
When speaking about his childhood, Ian likes to say that even though the environment he used to live in was pretty modest, the atmosphere and the overall impression of his parent’s house was elegantly and charming.
They had a golden couch in their living room, while the rest of the furniture was black, and walls were painted white, which already tells you about the taste Ian’s parents had, and what he obviously has.
Ian’s father, Louis had a factory that worked on coat making in Long Branch, New Jersey. Unfortunately, he died when Ian was only 19 years old. As Louis was Ian’s idol, this fell upon him very hard. When he was 23 years old, his mother, Blanche, also died.
Ian was left alone in this world at a very young age, which makes the whole story about his life and success even more ingenious.
Schrager graduated in 1968 at the University of Syracuse at the Department of Economics. While Ian was residing in Syracuse, he was a member, and almost even a president of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu.
This fraternity had more than 67,000 of members all across the United States and Canada, of which some were active, some inactive, while Ian was on the list of the first ones.
Only three years later, in 1971, he succeeded in the JD at the Faculty of Law.
Ian had the luck to meet his further best friend and business partner, Steve Rubella, while they both were attending Law School. Even though Ian lost his parents, Steve was a blessing from the above at that time.
There is an interesting story about how these two started their friendship. Both Ian and Steve used to go out the same girl.
They competed in various ways for her affection, but this actually made them grow great respect for each other, which led to making deeper contact in the near future. It was inevitable – they became closer day after day.
When speaking of Steve, Ian always mentioned they used to talk to each other every day with no exception from 1964, when they met, until 1989.
Unfortunately, Steve died in 1989, which was another great loss for Ian. Yet, let’s rewind the story a bit.
Somewhere in the early 1970s, Ian, Rubell and Jon Addison managed to buy a house at Lansdowne Street 15 in Boston. Their instant idea was to make a discotheque out of this space.
In 1975, sometime in December, Rubell and Ian rejoined and opened the Enchanted Garden, another disco in Douglaston, located in Queens.
It should be noted that Schrager is co-owner and co-founder of Studio 54, a famous club in West 54th Street, 254, located between Broadway and Eighth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York.
Opening Studio 54 in 1977 at Manhattan was a big boom at that moment.
There were, of course, other night clubs at that time, but Studio 54 came to the forefront at a high speed.
In December 1978, Steve somewhat boasted that Studio 54 had earned about $7 million in the first year since opening and that their revenue can be compared to the amount of money mafia was earning.
Someone let this story flow, which also came to the federal agents.
They conducted a search of Studios 54 and confiscated bags of garbage loaded with cash and found large quantities of drugs. You know what follows – Schrager and Rubell were imprisoned.
These two were released from jail on January 30, 1981, but this did not mean complete freedom for either of them.
In fact, they had to go to a semi-open-type institution that helped people with emotional, physical, and mental problems, and also to those who have a criminal file.
The main goal of being in this institution was to help the ones who had above-mentioned problems to re-enter society again. This period lasted about two and a half months.
After the opening of Studio 54, Ian I Rubell opened another nightclub under the name of Palladium, located in the old building of the New York Music Academy. Palladium was the first club of its kind, and it attracted great interest.
Ian collaborated with various artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Francesco Clemente, Keith Harry, and Julian Schnabel, in order to create a prestigious place in that area.
He also engaged a Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, as he had great renown and he was worldwide famous for his talent. This architect, originally from Japan, was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2019.
He managed to re-immerse a music hall that was old and build a night club from it, yet to remain in integrity which she had earlier.
Somewhere around the 1980s, Schrager and Rubell draw attention to themselves again, but this time the famous duo tried with working with hotels. The first of their hotels, which they named Morgans, was opened in 1984.
After this successful opening, it was followed by the opening of two more hotels, which were located at Paramount.
The interior of these hotels was handled by a designer Philippe Starck. Ian opened another Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, but this time, he was all alone in this.
As we mentioned above, Steve died in 1989, on July 25, 1989, to be precise. In 2005, Ian sold the Morgans Hotel Group, and also a company under the name of Ian Schrager.
The company was specialized in developing and managing multipurpose hotels. He also has a partnership with Marriott International, as his intention was to make more than 100 hotels around the world. Now you can get the point about Ian.
If Bill Marriott chose Ian over all of the hoteliers and entrepreneurs in the world, that means this man is truly a wonder. Ian never cared about the costs, consequences, or global expansion.
He only wanted to have a good time with what he was doing, and that is exactly what made him stand out from the crowd.
According to data provided on his website, Ian is planning new investments in hotels located in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bali (Indonesia), Singapore, Barcelona.
When picking a new place for a hotel, Ian says he just has to be excited about something going on there. If he likes the city and resonates with it, he will go for it.
Even though Ian has many hotels, only a few cities in the world passes that test of what he is looking for when opening a new hotel.
On June 7, 2017, Ian opened another hotel called Public Hotel in New York. Public Hotel is believed to have the fastest and the best quality of the Wi-Fi internet in the world.
The same year, in 2017, president of the United States, Barak Obama gave Ian absolution in regard to his criminal files and the past. According to rough estimates, Ian’s net worth is $400 million.
Ian undoubtedly earned his status as a legend, not because he was famous, but because he was so devoted to succeeding in what he was doing.
After all, his efforts during these five decades are yet to be discovered in the future.
Ian Schrager is curious, ambitious, fearless, original, and it seems like we can expect even more from him in what comes next.
Ian married Rita Norona on February 14, 1994. They were blessed with two children while they were in the marriage.
However, it lasted only until the year 200,1 when Ian and Rita divorced. On the other hand, Ian couldn’t fight the feelings he grew towards Tania Wahlstedt.
Ian and Tania got on November 15, 2008. He has got one more child from this marriage.
In one of his interviews, Ian admitted he met Tania because his first wife, Rita, was performing at the New York City Ballet, where Tania performed as well.
He admitted his attraction towards ballerinas for some unexplainable reason.
Ian is based in Manhattan, travels about a dozen times in only one year. He does it for family, business, or pure pleasure.
Just as most of the businessmen in the world, Ian sleeps only for a few hours, as he primarily does a lot of work.
He is traveling by plane most of the times, as he likes the silence, no disturbance, and isolation.
When traveling by plane, Ian gets most of his work done. In one of his interviews, Ian told he was blown away by Shanghai.
He took a trip there because of the opening of the Edition and was deeply touched by the architecture and accomplishments in this part of the world.
As a man who appreciates modern things the most, Ian was fascinated by how people there were ahead of the time, just like him. Yet, even though he traveled the world, there are still some places he hasn’t visited.
For example, Ian wishes to go to the Amazon, North Korea, and to Antarctica. He also has some plans for going to a safari with his son. He already went on an unforgettable trip with his daughters to Kenya a couple of years ago, but he would like to take his son to Tanzania.
Full Name: Ian Schrager
Date of Birth: July 19, 1946
Profession: Hotelier, Investor, Entrepreneur
Height: 1.82 m
Net Worth: $ 400 million