212. Til­man Fer­titta

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

$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.

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