Bill Marriott Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Martha Martins
Feb 08, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Oct 26, 2023
Bill Marriott Jr. is also associated with the American Red Cross and the World Travel & Tourism Council.
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About Bill Marriott

Bill Marriott is an American billionaire businessman and the son of J Willard Marriott, the founder of Marriott Corporation, which later became Marriott International.

John Willard 'Bill' Marriott Jr is renowned as the chairman emeritus of the prominent hotel chain Marriott International. He was the executive chairman as well as the chairman of the board prior to his retirement in May 2022.

John Willard Marriott Jr persuaded his father, who was hesitant about taking on debt after living through the financial crisis, to move from the restaurant industry to the hotel industry. In 1956, Marriott became a member of the Marriott Corporation.

In January 1964, he was named executive vice president and a member of the board of directors; president of the firm in November 1964; CEO in 1972; and elected chairman of the board in 1985. Bill was the first person in the hotel sector to develop yield management, originally an airline industry strategy that involved adjusting prices based on demand to maximize revenue.

Bill Marriott: Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Bill Marriott’s net worth?

Bill Marriott is a multi-billionaire American businessman with a net worth of $2.5 billion.

How much does Bill Marriott earn per year?

Details on his annual income are unavailable.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Bill Marriott?

Bill Marriott's height is not known to the media.

How old is Bill Marriott?

The executive chairman of Marriott International was born as the eldest son of his parents on March 25, 1932, and is 91 years old as of 2023.

Childhood And Education

Bill Marriott was born to Alice Marriott and his father, J Willard Marriott, the founder of the Marriott Corporation, in Washington, DC. He got his education from Washington, DC’s St. Albans School. Bill Marriott also earned the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and is an Eagle Scout. He stapled invoices for his father when he was 14 years old. Later, he scrubbed dishes and made hamburgers.

Bill Marriott graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance in 1954, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He met his wife, a professor’s daughter, there. After graduating, he went to a Navy training school in Georgia. Bill was a wardroom mess officer in the Navy Supply Corps from June 1954 to June 1956 on the USS Randolph aircraft carrier.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Bill Marriott’s partner?

After six months of courtship, Marriott and Donna Garff tied the knot on June 29, 1955, in Salt Lake City. The duo has been married for 68 years as of October 2023. They have four children: Debbie Marriott Harrison, David Marriott, John Marriott, and Stephen Garff Marriott.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Bill Marriott is best known for being the executive chairman of Marriott International Inc. and also the chairman of the board. Before stepping down on March 31, 2012, he served as the company’s chief executive officer and chairman of the board for 40 years.

Bill Marriott’s passion for the hospitality industry has been there since he was a child. Throughout his high school and college days, he worked in the family’s Hot Shoppes restaurants. Marriott later became a full-time associate in 1956 and soon began overseeing the first Marriott hotel.

Bill Marriott became the President of Marriott International in 1964 and the Chief Executive Officer of the company in 1972. He was elected chairman of the board in 1985. Under his leadership, Marriott International acquired many other hotel chains, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, and Protea Hotels.

Now, Bill Marriott serves as the chairman emeritus of the hotel chain Marriott International, Inc. He held leadership roles for more than six decades. He guided a company that used to be a family-run root beer stand and restaurant chain to become a global hospitality company.

As of October 2023, Marriott International comprised approximately 8,000 properties across 30 brands in 139 countries and territories.

Charity Work

Bill Marriott invests in his family’s charity foundation, the Marriott Foundation, which was first organized by his parents, J Willard and Alice S Marriott. J Willard and Alice S Marriott shared a passion for providing chances for those who were less fortunate.

What awards has Bill Marriott won?

In 1993, Bill Marriott was named CEO Of The Year by Chief Executive Magazine.

In 2001, the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University named Marriott the Industry Leader Of The Year.

On May 4, 2006, Bill Marriott got an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Weber State University and gave the commencement address.

On April 2, 2008, Bill Marriott Jr received the Excellence In Communication Leadership Award from the International Association of Business Communicators.

Marriott was awarded the Icon Of The Industry Award by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration on June 2, 2009.

In 2010, the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages awarded Marriott the Foreign Language Advocacy Award for programs that offered language education to both non-English-speaking and English-speaking personnel.

On November 19, 2016, Marriott was honored as Ernst & Young’s Overall Entrepreneur Of The Year.

In 2018, he was honored with a Distinguished Service Award by the National Maritime Historical Society.

In 2019, Marriott was awarded the International Hotel Investment Forum Lifetime Achievement Award and the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, for his leadership in the hotel industry and philanthropic work in the United States.

Other Interesting Bill Marriott Facts And Trivia

  • Bill Marriott’s dad established the organization in 1927 as an A&W Root Beer franchise in the area of Washington, DC, and it has since developed to become one of the world’s most productive hospitality companies.
  • The billionaire businessman Bill Marriott and his brother, Richard Marriott, agreed to separate the organization in 1993. Bill Marriott currently operates Marriott International, whereas his brother runs Host Marriott Corporation, a real estate ownership company, and retains a stake in Marriott International.
  • Marriott dedicated time to serving on a number of boards and councils, including the United States Travel and Tourism Promotional Advisory Board, the World Travel and Tourism Council’s executive committee, the National Business Council, the National Urban League’s board of trustees, the National Geographic Society’s board of trustees, and the Naval Academy Endowment Trust’s board of trustees. He served as the chairman of the President’s Export Council, which advises the president on export trade issues, as well as the chairman of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries’ Leadership Council.
  • Marriott is an active member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. Marriott was ordained as an Area Authority Seventy from 2004 to 2011 and a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy by the church in 1997, where he served until 2004. In 2004, the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy was established, and Marriot was assigned to it until October 1, 2011. The Marriotts have been supporters of the Washington, DC, Cathedral’s annual festive season since 1978.
  • Bill Marriott is the author of 'Without Reservations: How A Family Root Beer Stand Grew Into A Global Hotel Company'.
  • In 1992, Marriott Jr had to cut his working hours from 80 hours a week to 65 hours per week due to health reasons. He also brought in a new chief financial officer.

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Written by Martha Martins

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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