25 Facts About Andre Balazs


Andre Tomes Balazs was born on January 31,1957 and is an American businessman and hotelier.

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Andre Balazs is president and chief executive officer of Andre Balazs Properties, a portfolio of hotels across the United States and residences in New York state, especially in New York City.

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Andre Balazs's father, Endre Alexander Balazs, was a research professor at Harvard Medical School, founded the Retina Foundation and the Boston Biomedical Research Institute, and was the director of ophthalmic research at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Andre Balazs's mother, Eva K Balazs, was a family therapist and psychologist at McLean Hospital.

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Andre Balazs graduated from Cornell University and was a member of the Quill and Dagger society.

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Andre Balazs attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he earned a joint master's degree in journalism and business.

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In 1980, Andre Balazs was hired by David Garth Associates to serve as Press Secretary to Bess Myerson, a Democratic candidate for Senator from New York State.

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The following year, Andre Balazs opened the redeveloped Mercer Hotel and Mercer Kitchen in SoHo.

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In 1998, Andre Balazs opened the first of five hotels called The Standard in West Hollywood.

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Andre Balazs subsequently opened and operated five Standard hotels: in Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, Miami, and two in New York City, before selling his interests in the real estate, and in the management company in 2017.

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Andre Balazs has placed a strong focus on the culinary programs for each of his properties.

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In 2007, Andre Balazs began a collaboration with Wolffer Estate Vineyard on Long Island to create his own vintage of rose.

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In 2011, Andre Balazs launched a sea plane service to the Hamptons from Manhattan.

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In 2012, Andre Balazs started The Farm at Locusts-on-Hudson on the grounds of the former Astor family estate he purchased in Hyde Park, New York, to grow organic produce for his New York restaurants.

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Andre Balazs owns the Chiltern Firehouse, a hotel in a former fire station in London.

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Chiltern Firehouse was designed in conjunction with Studio KO, though Andre Balazs is known to be personally heavily involved in the design of his hotels and it includes bar areas, a restaurant and suites.

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Andre Balazs has been involved in residential real estate as the developer of 15 William, condominium in New York City's Financial District.

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Andre Balazs was recruited by Andy Warhol in 1982 to be one of the founding Trustees of the New York Academy of Art.

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Andre Balazs has served on the boards of the New York Public Theater and the Wolfsonian Museum affiliated with Florida International University.

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Andre Balazs was awarded the first Design Patrons Award in 2011 by the National Academy of Arts' Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design in New York City.

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In 2014, Andre Balazs was the recipient of British GQ's “Men of the Year” award in the category of entrepreneur.

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Andre Balazs married Katie Ford on November 16,1985; they divorced in 2004.

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Andre Balazs was engaged to actress Uma Thurman between 2004 and 2007, and the couple again dated from 2015 to 2016.

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Andre Balazs had a relationship with comedian Chelsea Handler from 2011 to 2013.

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In 2007, Christie's announced that Andre Balazs was the winning bidder in an auction for Jean Prouve's Maison Tropicale; Andre Balazs reportedly paid $4.

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