212. Tilman Fertitta
$3.5 billion ( self-made score: source: restaurants, casinos age: 60 residence: Houston dropout, u. of houston Fertitta is buying the Houston Rockets, pending approval of the NBA, from billionaire Leslie Alexander. The $2.2 billion price is the highest ever paid for an NBA team; Fertitta is financing the deal in part through the sale of $1.4 billion in bonds issued by his Golden Nugget casinos. Fertitta also owns Landry’s, whose restaurants include Landry’s Seafood House and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. He bought restaurant group BR Guest, owner of Dos Caminos and Blue Water Grill, in 2016. Another of his roles: chairman of the University of Houston’s board of regents.