John Rutledge, MBA ’94

John Rutledge, MBA ’94

Founder, Chairman, President & CEO, Oxford Capital Group

A real estate investor, developer, financier and entrepreneur, John is the founder, president and CEO of Oxford Capital Group, an award-winning international real estate private equity, asset management, property management and development firm headquartered in Chicago. Oxford’s investment activities have concentrated on complicated, large-scale acquisitions, developments and redevelopments. Its primary areas of focus are hospitality, mixed use, senior housing, multifamily, urban retail, parking, and other operationally intensive forms of lifestyle real estate, including health, fitness, spa, athletic and sports/entertainment destination clubs, rooftop/nightlife venues and other destination food & beverage outlets. John is also the founder, president and CEO of its primary hotel operating affiliate, Oxford Hotels and Resorts, which specializes in operating, managing and branding distinctive, high design lifestyle hotels and food & beverage venues including its proprietary lifestyle hospitality brands: Godfrey, LondonHouse, Julian, IO, ALK, SOMA House, Fiona and Garrett. He is also the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Oxford Living, its Canadian senior housing management and investment platform. He is also founder, president and CEO of Oxford Residential, its multifamily development affiliate. Oxford’s current portfolio includes a growing collection of upscale, upper upscale and luxury lifestyle hospitality brands including About Last Knife (ALK), Audrey. Cass, Felix, Godfrey, Griffin, I|O Rooftop, Julian, King George, Le Meridien Essex Chicago, LH Rooftop, LondonHouse, Ruka, Hotel Los Gatos, Porter, Spa Boutique, Thompson (Chicago), Versey and Vertigo. Oxford’s geographic focus includes Canada and the Top 50 US MSAs including: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, metro Washington D.C., and other select markets with unique attributes including Charleston, SC, New Orleans, LA, and various markets throughout Florida.


John graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a bachelor’s degree in economics and an emphasis in real estate. He received his MBA from Chicago Booth with an emphasis in international finance and economics.

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