Sir Rocco Forte has wasted no time proving that the hotel business really is his strong suit. After his family's hotel business slipped through his hands in a 1996 hostile takeover by what is now Compass Group, Forte decided to launch his own luxury hotel company. The hotelier set out to conquer Europe's capitals, one city at a time. Today Rocco Forte Hotels boasts approximately a dozen "luxe" properties in such locales as Berlin; Brussels; Edinburgh, Scotland; Florence, Italy; Frankfurt; London; Munich; and Rome. The company also manages two St. Petersburg, Russia hotels (one of which it owns).