Solomon (Sol) Kerzner
(born 23 August 1935) is a South African hotel
Background and career
Kerzner was born in Troyeville, Johannesburg
, the youngest of four children to Jewish Russian
immigrants. His family started a hotel chain; after Kerzner graduated as a Chartered Accountant
, he took over the running of the group and went on to create the most successful hotel group in South Africa, Sun International
. His first five star hotel was Sun City
which he later sold. He is now the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Kerzner International
and his career spans more than 45 years in the resort industry. He founded both of South Africa’s largest hotel groups and has played a pivotal role in the development of the tourism industries of South Africa, Mauritius, The Maldives, Dubai and The Bahamas.
Kerzner’s career in hospitality began in 1962 with the purchase of the Astra Hotel in Durban. Following the success of that property, Kerzner built South Africa’s first five star graded hotel in a village north of Durban. He opened this resort in December 1964 which he named the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Following the Beverly Hills, Kerzner built the 450-room Elangeni Hotel, overlooking Durban’s beachfront and, in 1969, in partnership with South African Breweries, he established the chain of Southern Sun Hotels, which by 1983 operated 30 luxury hotels with more than 7,000 rooms. In 1975, Kerzner opened his first hotel outside South Africa on the Indian Ocean Island of... Read More