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Telling Fortunes

No. 28: Tilman Fertitta

Age: 56Home: HoustonNet Worth: $2.4 billion

Tilman Fertitta got his start as a fourteen-year-old working at his father’s Galveston restaurant, Pier 23. After buying Landry’s, a restaurant he’d worked at as a college student, he built an empire that included restaurants, aquariums in Denver and Houston, the San Luis Resort in Galveston, and the Kemah Boardwalk. Next came casinos: in 2005 he bought the Golden Nugget Las Vegas and the Golden Nugget Laughlin, and in 2014 he plans to open an eight-hundred-room Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, Louisiana. If gambling ever becomes legal in Texas, you won’t have to look hard for his name; it’ll be everywhere.


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