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Marriott International Company is a large hotel company that began in 1927 by J. Willard Marriott and his wife Alice Sheets Marriott. They started buying hotels throughout the United States. At first, they only bought a few a year, but as time went on they bought more and more each year until they owned many hotels all across America. In 1957, Marriott's son-in-law, J.W Schloss took over as president of the company at age 31. In 1965 The Marriott Corporation was formed from all of Marriott's operations including Hot Shoppes Cafeteria which served foods such as crab meat au gratin and fried chicken with many types of side dishes to choose from.
In 1968, under President JW Schloss, the Marriott Corporation went public and began selling stock to investors. At this time, Marriott International Company became a separate corporation from The Marriott Corporation. 20 years later in 1988, under President Richard E. Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was formed with cofounder Ian Schrager and became a sister hotel company of Marriott International. In 1993 The Ritz-Carlton opened in Washington D.C..
In 1995 The Ritz-Carlton became its own company completely after being spun off from The Corporation which recently changed its name to Host Marriott Corporation while retaining the original Marriott hotels brand name for itself. In 2012 Marriott Hotels & Resorts Worldwide launched their new logo that is still used today.