J. Willard Marriott, Jr.
Marriott, Jr. is responsible for the rapid growth and diversification of Marriott International. Today, with more than 1,600 owned or franchised hotel properties worldwide, Marriott International is the second-largest lodging company in the world. Its hotel branches include Courtyard, Marriott, Residence Inn, and Ritz-Carlton. Other operations include Vacation Club International, Marriott Senior Living Services and Marriott Distribution Services (a food services company).