Charles Forte, Director of Development
At just 30, Charles Forte is Rocco Forte Hotels’s director of development. The fourth-generation to help steer the company has his eye firmly fixed on the future—but also honours his family’s illustrious legacy.
“Well, Lisbon is going strong. And of course there are the two Milan properties, and Mykonos and Athens are both progressing nicely.” Ask Charles Forte what he’s working on these days, and the mandates—and enthusiasm—come thick and fast. In addition to Lisbon (where RFH is planning a hybrid hotel-residence) and Milan (where next year will see the much-buzzed-about opening of The Carlton, as well as the debut of a Rocco Forte House collection of serviced apartments), he ticks off several other destinations where things are either full steam ahead or decidedly in play: there is the Val di Noto, on Sicily’s southwest coast, and possibly something in Sardinia, and he’s got his eye on a specific property in Geneva, and equally there’s something that looks very promising in Amsterdam. Barcelona, Miami, even a super-cool site in Jerusalem—the 30-year-old director of development’s remit is across the globe these days, and he couldn’t be happier about it.