David T. Hamamoto is the Executive Vice Chairman of Colony NorthStar, Inc., having previously held the position of Executive Chairman of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc., the predecessor to Colony NorthStar, since August 2015. Prior to that position, Mr. Hamamoto served as NorthStar’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from January 2014 until August 2015. Mr. Hamamoto held the position of Chairman of the board of directors of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. from October 2007 until January 2017, having served as one of its directors since October 2003. Mr. Hamamoto also served as NorthStar Realty Finance’s Chief Executive Officer from October 2004 until August 2015 and President from October 2004 until April 2011. Mr. Hamamoto has been Chairman of the board of directors of NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. (NYSE: NRE) since October 2015 and has served as one of its directors since June 2015.
Mr. Hamamoto served as Chairman of NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. from February 2009 until August 2015 and served as Chief Executive Officer from February 2009 until January 2013. In addition, Mr. Hamamoto served as Chairman of NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. from January 2013 until January 2014, and of NorthStar Real Estate Income II, Inc. from December 2012 until August 2015. Mr. Hamamoto also served as Co-Chairman of NorthStar/RXR New York Metro Real Estate, Inc. (NorthStar/RXR) from March 2014 until August 2015.
Additionally, Mr. Hamamoto serves as a member of the advisory committee of RXR Realty LLC, a leading real estate operating and investment management company focused on high-quality real estate investments in the New York Tri-State area and a co-sponsor of NorthStar/RXR, a position he has held since December 2013. Mr. Hamamoto also serves as a member of the executive committee of Island Hospitality Management Inc., a position he has held since January 2015. In July 1997, Mr. Hamamoto co-founded NorthStar Capital Investment Corp., the predecessor to NorthStar Realty Finance, for which he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer until October 2004.
From 1983 to 1997, Mr. Hamamoto worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was co-head of the Real Estate Principal Investment Area and general partner of the firm between 1994 and 1997. During Mr. Hamamoto’s tenure at Goldman, Sachs & Co., he initiated the firm’s effort to build a real estate principal investment business under the auspices of the Whitehall Funds.
Mr. Hamamoto holds a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.