Danny Meyer

Union Square Hospitality Group

About His Business & Career: Hailing from St. Louis, Mo., Meyer has become renowned in the culinary world for Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and, of course, Shake Shack. In addition to founding many notable restaurants, Meyer also founded and is CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, which owns Gramercy Tavern and over 15 other restaurants.

Why He Made the Worthy 100: Meyer is the chairman of USHG Acquisition Corp., a SPAC looking to work with a mission-driven company that prioritizes its employees and customers above investors in an approach Meyer terms “enlightened hospitality.” He’s also served on many boards, including City Harvest and Madison Square Park Conservancy, and in April, he was appointed chairman of the board for the New York City Economic Development Corp.

Industry: Food

Year Founded: 1985

Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

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