But to become successful consolidators, they must be ready to jump into a new market just when the dominant design is about to emerge and the market is ready to take off. For such perfect timing, established firms must create, sustain, and nurture a network of feeder firms — young entrepreneurial companies that are busy colonizing new niches.

Apr 23, 2019 · Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group and Starwood Property Trust. Last Year's Rank: 13 . With $56 billion in assets under management, Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Capital Group bends the space-time of the real estate industry like few other American property owners.