July 3, 1974 (49)
David Grutman is an American hospitality entrepreneur, owning and partnering in several restaurants and nightclubs in Miami. Recognized for his influence in the electronic dance music scene, Rolling Stone magazine listed him as one of the 50 most important people in the genre. Grutman’s establishments, including the renowned LIV nightclub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel and the club Story, have significantly shaped Miami’s nightlife and hospitality industry.
Born and raised in Naples, Florida, Grutman pursued a degree in finance from the University of Florida. His career in hospitality began with the opening of LIV nightclub in 2008, which quickly became one of the top-grossing nightclubs in the United States. He expanded his portfolio with the opening of Story in 2013, followed by several restaurants including Komodo, OTL, Planta South Beach, and Swan and Bar Bevy, the latter in partnership with Pharrell Williams.
In 2018, Grutman established Groot Hospitality as a holding company for his ventures, further solidifying his status in the industry. The following year, he sold a majority stake in the company to Live Nation Entertainment, marking a significant milestone in his career.