President and CEO of André Balazs Properties, which owned hotels all over the U.S. and properties in New York.
He owned The Standard Collection of hotels located in such prestigious places as downtown Los Angeles.
He was a major contributor to the arts, serving as a founding trustee of the New York Academy of Art and on the board of directors for the New York Public Theater and Wolfsonian-FIU.
He had two children with his wife Katie Ford. He has had high profile relationships with such celebrities as Kylie Minogue, Chelsea Handler and Uma Thurman.
He and Mark Kirk both studied at Cornell University.