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John Willard "Bill" Marriott Junior
Born March 25, 1932 (1932-03-25) (age 77)
Washington, D.C.
Occupation Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Religious beliefs The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Spouse(s) Donna Garff
Children 4
Marriott International

John Willard "Bill" Marriott, Jr. (b. March 25, 1932, Washington, D.C.) is the Chairman and CEO of Marriott International.



Marriott is the son of Alice Marriott and J. Willard Marriott, the founder of Marriott International. He attended St. Albans School in Washington, DC, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Utah, where he became a member of Sigma Chi. He served as an officer in the United States Navy. He is also an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.[1]

Marriott joined the Marriott Corporation in 1956, was elected Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors in January 1964 and president of the company in November 1964, Chief Executive Officer in 1972, and Chairman of the Board in 1985.

Marriott is actively involved in various boards and councils including, the U.S. Travel and Tourism Promotional Advisory Board, the executive committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council, the National Business Council, the board of trustees of the National Urban League, a director of the National Geographic Society, and a director of the Naval Academy Endowment Trust. He serves as chairman of the President's Export Council, a group that advises the President on matters relating to export trade, and serves as chairman of the Leadership Council of the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries.

He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In an episode of 60 Minutes airing on April 7, 1996 Marriott was interviewed by Mike Wallace regarding his faith alongside football star, Steve Young, and church leader, Gordon B. Hinckley.[2] Marriott is currently serving as an Area Seventy and is a member of the LDS Church's Sixth Quorum of the Seventy.

On May 4, 2006, Marriott received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Weber State University during the university's 127th commencement. He also delivered the commencement address during these proceedings.

Marriott's book The Spirit To Serve (1997)[3], written with Kathi Ann Brown and with a Foreword by James C. Collins, is a personal view of the rise of the Marriott company and outlines principles of business success.

JW Marriott Jr. is a 2006 nominee for the Hotel Travel Personality of the Year award from World Travel Awards.


While CEO of Marriott International in 2008, J. Willard Marriott Jr. earned a total compensation of $8,314,136, which included a base salary of $1,253,654, a cash bonus of $904,700, no stock, options granted of $5,750,012, and other compensation of $405,770.[4]

Personal life

He has been married to his wife, Donna Garff, for over 50 years and has four children, fifteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. He and his family reside in the luxurious community of Avenel in Bethesda, MD.


  1. ^ "Distinguished Eagle Scouts". Troop & Pack 179. Retrieved 2006-03-02.  
  2. ^ "60 Minutes". CBS News. 1996-04-07. Retrieved 2007-01-05.  
  3. ^ Marriott, JW, (2001) The Spirit To Serve: Marriott's Way (New York: HarperCollins) ISBN 978-0066621142
  4. ^ 2008 CEO Compensation for J. Willard Marriott Jr.,




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