Gary Melius, Oheka Castle Owner

After years of neglect and disrepair, Oheka Castle once again houses the seat of power on Long Island, and occupying the throne is castle owner and successful developer Gary Melius. Already known for its high-end functions, Oheka is now considered one of Long Island’s most luxurious hotels and is part of the Five Star Alliance and the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. But Oheka is more than a tourist destination; it’s the closest thing Long Island has to a Capitol building. Walk the halls of the castle on any given day and you’re likely to bump into someone on this list seeking counsel from its king. From the infamous “card game” to power lunches with party bosses, the current occupant of Otto Kahn’s masterpiece reigns supreme.

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