The Real Deal New York

Inside the self-destruction of Morgans Hotel Group

Amid debt and board infighting, the once illustrious company loses it way

May 10, 2016 10:06AM
By Rey Mashayekhi

Morgans’ two largest stakeholders, billionaire Ron Burkle, left, and real estate scion Jason Kalisman, have been going head to head over the direction of the company.

Morgans’ two largest stakeholders, billionaire Ron Burkle, left, and real estate scion Jason Kalisman, have been going head to head over the direction of the company.

(Editor’s note: This report was published before news broke Monday that Sam Nazarian’s SBE Entertainment Group struck a deal to acquire Morgans.)

From the May issue: Morgans Hotel Group is, perhaps, most associated with its co-founder and Studio 54 impresario Ian Schrager, who headed the hospitality company until about a decade ago. Four other Morgans’ heads have come and gone since then. But today the company’s CEO office sits empty.

And that’s not the Morgans’ only problem. The small but storied boutique company is floundering in a way that few would have expected just a few years ago. Not only is it lacking a leader, its stock price is in the toilet at just north of $1 a share, it’s saddled with debt and its stakeholders are at one another’s throats. [more]

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