Richard “Dick” Marriott is the younger son of J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott. He began working for the Marriott Company in his parents’ Hot Shoppes restaurants. After he graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School, he was appointed a manager in the company. After the company changed to Marriott Corporation in 1967, Dick took on more responsibilities, including various executive positions in property development, architecture and construction, restaurant operations, theme parks, and data processing.
In 1979 he was elected a director and in 1986 he became vice chairman. When the company split into two distinct corporations in 1993 – Marriott International and Host Marriott – he assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Host Marriott, which subsequently split, becoming a real estate investment trust (REIT) in 1999. It is known today as Host Hotels & Resorts with Marriott as chairman.
Host operates 118 hotels and properties, and is the largest lodging REIT in the world.
He is chairman of the board for First Media Corporation and the J. Willard Marriott and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. He is director of the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation.
Marriott also earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Nancy have four daughters and live in Maryland.