I had the chance to speak with businessman Tilman Fertitta this morning. Fertitta came on K100 to promote season 3 of CNBC's Billion Dollar Buyer, which premiers Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. central.
Fertitta purchased the NBA's Houston Rockets over the summer for a record $2.2 billion. He is the sole owner, chairman and CEO of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc., which owns both the restaurant giant Landry's and the Golden Nugget Casinos and is recognized today as a world leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming industries.
The Company today has revenues over $3.4 billion and assets of more than $3.5 billion. Landry's operates more than 500 properties in 36 states and owns a number of international locations. It is also one of the country's largest employers, with more than 60,000 employees. Landry's owns and operates more than 50 different restaurant brands, including McCormick & Schmick's, Chart House, Landry's Seafood, Rainforest Cafe, Saltgrass Steak House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Claim Jumper and many more award-winning concepts.
I spoke with Fertitta about this season of the show, as well as his purchase of the Rockets. You can listen to the full interview here