Vladislav Doronin was a self-described “Aman junkie” long before he bought the luxury resort brand, popular worldwide for its wellness offerings and $1,500-plus per-night price tags.
In the 1990s, Doronin was a young commodities trader when he was first introduced to an Aman property, the Amanpuri resort in Thailand. “My first taste of the brand was unforgettable for its privacy and for allowing me to truly switch off,” he says.
After that experience, whenever Doronin traveled, he would check to see if there was an Aman resort near his destination, even if it was a few hours away—he liked it so much, he would drive or catch a connecting flight to stay there.
The Russian-born businessman, 57, left the trading world and went on to build a real estate empire as founder of the Moscow-based development firm Capital Group, and as chairman and CEO of OKO Group, a U.S.-based real estate company. His portfolio includes 71 buildings and more than 75 million square feet of residential and commercial property in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. In 2014, Doronin bought his beloved Aman Resorts brand, becoming chairman and CEO.
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