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    David Hamamoto

    CEO and Chairman
    DiamondHead Holdings
    250 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10177

    David Hamamoto is the CEO and Chairman of SPAC firm Diamondhead Holdings and founder of Diamond Head Partners.

    He was the chairman and chief executive officer of Northstar Realty Finance Corp., a New York-based real estate investment trust (REIT). He was also the chairman and chief executive of Northstar Realty's external manager, NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. In July 1997, Hamamoto co-founded NorthStar Capital Investment Corp., the predecessor to NorthStar Realty, and served as its co-chief executive officer until October 2004, when he launched Northstar Realty Finance Corp.

    From 1983 to 1997, Hamamoto worked for Goldman Sachs as co-head of the Real Estate Principal Investment Area. He was a general partner at the firm between 1994 and 1997. Hamamoto co-managed Whitehall Funds, real estate investment arm of the bank. Since December 2013, Hamamoto has served on the advisory committee of RXR Realty, LLC, a real estate operating and investment management company. From March 2011 to November 2012, Hamamoto served as executive chairman of the board of directors of Morgans Hotel Group and from February 2006 to March 2011, he had served as chairman of the board.

    In 2014 Hamamoto was ranked the highest paid CEO in the real estate industry, with compensation of $75M at NorthStar.

    In 2016, NorthStar Asset Management Group and NorthStar Realty Finance Corporation merged with LA-based  investment firm Colony Capital to form Colony NorthStar, with Hamamoto joining the combined firm as Executive Vice Chairman.

    Hamamoto received a BS from Stanford University and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Martha, have two children.

    Meanwhile, Burger slipped from the No. 1 spot the past two years running to No. 4 this year. While his dollar volume dropped to $392.28 million this year from $411 million last year, he isn’t hurting for business. And part of his decline in listing volume may be due to the fact that he’s recently sold some pricey properties. Back in January, he closed three big deals totaling $88 million, including a co-op at 944 Fifth Avenue reportedly owned by NorthStar Realty’s David Hamamoto for $50 million...