Meet the CEO
Tilman J. Fertitta, Chairman, President and CEO of Landry's Inc.
There are many published articles about him, and these are just some of the best at describing his success as an entrepreneur, business leader, community leader and charitable leader and his company's success at promoting happiness and enjoyment of life.
Watching him in action, you might think Fertitta managed a single restaurant, or maybe a small handleful. He actually runs more than 600. He is CEO and owner of Landry's, one of America's largest hospitality groups.
Houston Chronicle: Tilman Fertitta opens his Post Oak Presidential Suite – 5K square feet fit for any VIP
"If Tilman Fertitta’s new Post Oak Hotel is going to be known for anything, it will likely be its opulence – and its Presidential Suite, which only recently started welcoming guests, is no different."
The hotel is the crown jewel of the Post Oak at Uptown Houston’s 10-acre campus, and with it, Fertitta hopes to bring a new class of hotel to the city.
On CNBC’s “Billion Dollar Buyer,” Landry’s Inc. CEO Tilman Fertitta vowed to make one of the world’s best hotels. The 250-room hotel is poised to be the crown jewel of The Post Oak at Uptown, on Houston’s West Loop near the Galleria.
“I just love owning ‘em, my family loves owning the Houston Rockets. …We would never trade this.”
The World's Richest Restaurateur… and, now star of the reality show Billion Dollar Buyer... — Luxcior, Winter 2016-2017
Owner of Landry’s Inc. and the Golden Nugget Casinos, Tilman Fertitta has built a billion dollar empire through instinct and precision
Self-made billionaire and business maverick, Tilman Fertitta, discusses success, vision, and the future. — Casino Player, March 2017
Tilman Fertitta, president and CEO of Landry’s Inc., appeared on "Bloomberg ‹GO›" on Oct. 16 to discuss his thoughts on the banking industry as a major borrower. — Houston Business Journal, October 19, 2015
Following an unannounced quiet opening the night before, the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Lake Charles in Louisiana officially opened on December 8, with yellow-outfitted showgirls flanking Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta, chairman and chief executive officer of Fertitta Entertainment Inc., and other Louisiana state and local officials who cut the ribbon on the $700 million, 1.3 million square foot property, the fifth under the Golden Nugget brand. — GGB News, September 28, 2015
The San Luis Resort in Galveston is enjoying an ultra high-end luxury upgrade. — Chron, August 18, 2015
Billionaire entrepreneur Tilman Fertitta has never been one to think small and his latest project, The Post Oak, raises his ambitions to a new level. — CultureMap Houston, April 23, 2015
Fertitta is investing more than $200 million in a luxurious new mixed-use development called The Post Oak Tower. — KPRC 2 News, April 23, 2015
Tilman J. Fertitta, chairman, CEO and sole shareholder of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. announced today the highly anticipated Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Lake Charles is officially open. — Click2Houston, Dec 08, 2014
Over 700 members of the Yates Construction crew working on the new Golden Nugget Casino watched as the wind pushed around a spruce tree hanging 100 or so feet above them. The tree was part of the casino's topping-out ceremony Friday, an event signifying the final pour of the hotel tower. — American Press, December 7, 2013
It's taken Tilman Fertitta just a few years to build his casino company. It's going to take another few years to analyze the business's level of success.— Las Vegas Review Journal, August 4, 2013
The Golden Nugget plans to buy the Ameristar Casino project under construction next to L'Auberge Casino. — CultureMap Houston, July 25, 2013
Charlene Knowles has been coming to Biloxi at least twice a year for more than 15 years. The Long Beach Gardens, Fla., woman clapped with delight, as Golden Nugget executives cut a golden ribbon to mark the opening of the first phase of the $100 million property renovation.— Mississippi Gaming News, July 2013
Tilman Fertitta, chairman, president and CEO of Landry's Inc., says he's done buying up chains of 40-some restaurants. — Houston Business Journal, August 28, 2012
Tilman Fertitta, CEO of Landry's Inc., likes to sit down to a clean table when he orders his Grey Goose with soda on the rocks with two limes. — Houston Business Journal, August 16, 2012
Landry's CEO steps up acquisition engine to build hospitality empire. — Nation's Restaurant News, February 20, 2012
Fertitta resurrecting iconic Pleasure Pier built in 1943. — Houston Chronicle, January 29, 2012
Tilman Fertitta's consummate marketing savvy will be in full force during the transformation process of Atlantic City's Golden Nugget. — Atlantic City Weekly, August 8-24, 2011
Intense loyalty seen after tragic Giffords shooting. For six months, he has been a giant in the background for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, quietly leveraging his power to help the couple rebound from devastation. — Houston Chronicle, July 27, 2011
Houston business titan Tilman Fertitta has long had his eye on national seafood chain McCormick & Schmick. But his effort to acquire the upscale eatery hasn't won a deal. Yet. — Houston Chronicle, June 3, 2011
Tilman Fertitta is all in. After more than two years of negotiations to take Houston-based Landry's Restaurants private and become the sole owner of the near-300-unit casual dining, hospitality, gaming and entertainment company, the deal finally got done in early October, 24 years after he was named company president and CEO. Fertitta says his passion is making deals and this was undoubtedly his biggest. — Seafood Business, January 2011
Perched on the top floor of Landry's Restaurants Inc Galleria-area headquarters, Tilman Fertitta's cavernous office is packed with conference tables, mock-ups of furniture projects and an array of computer screens tuned to footage of the properties owned by the high-profile executive. — Houston Business Journal, December 3-9, 2010
Tilman Fertitta, founder and chairman of Landry's Inc. of Houston, in October closed on a $1.4 billion deal that took the restaurant-hospitality company private. — National Restaurant News, October 25, 2010
When Tilman Fertitta took Landry's Restaurants public in 1993, the company had nine restaurants. Today it's an empire, with more than 200 restaurants, amusement venus, hotels and casinos. — Houston Chronicle, October 6, 2010
Tower is the first to open in downtown Las Vegas in two decades. The Golden Nugget celebrated a milestone Monday for downtown Las Vegas. — Las Vegas Sun, November 2009
A shark-filled aquarium, five restaurants, 1,300 blinking slot machines. At the Golden Nugget hotel and casino, Tilman Fertitta is in his element. — Houston Chronicle, December 2006
Landry's Restaurants is placing a $140 million bet on the casino industry after reaching a deal with the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. — Houston Chronicle, February 2005
After extracting agreements from the city for a giant Ferris wheel and oversized signs, Landry's Inc. President and CEO Tilman Fertitta planned to bring a tiger and lion exhibit to downtown Houston. — Houston Business Journal, December 2004
Big concepts, big promotions, big sales, big growth-all navigated by a big-living showman of a CEO. Just trying to keep up with the company's aggressive acquisitions and development plans makes one's head spin, from flashy "eatertainment" projects like the Downtown Aquarium in Houston — replete with a 90-foot Ferris wheel and kiddie train that chugs through a tunnel filled with sharks — to a hotel division with 1,000 rooms under ownership or development. — Restaurant Hospitality, September 2004
The restaurant mogul has invested $150 million to help change the face of Galveston. Now critics warn that he wants to turn the island into Atlantic City. — Texas Monthly, July 2004
A mixture of Walt Disney visionary and Barnum & Bailey circus ringmaster Tilman J. Fertitta, CEO of Landry's Restaurants, creates projects that stir controversy. — The San Antonio Express Business Section, April 18, 2004
New Opry Mills eatery employs 2,000 tank dwellers for entertainment — not eating. Enjoy the red snapper on your plate? Good. So did the shark next to you. After all, what's a tank full of fish for if a sharp-toothed mate can't pick one off every now and then? Welcome to Aquarium restaurant, where fish are friends and food. — The Tennessean Living Section, April 14, 2004
The City Council unanimously handed control of San Antonio's landmark Tower of the Americas to Houston's Landry's Inc. on Thursday, shutting out calls to keep the contract in local hands. The decision ends Tower Foods' 35-year run in the tower's revolving restaurant and gives it to Landry's until 2019. — The San Antonio Express, March 5, 2004
The year 2003 will be remembered in Houston as the year restaurant mogul Tilman Fertitta vacuumed up three of the city's most fashionable outposts — Pesce, La Griglia and Grotto — into his burgeoning empire. — Texas Monthly, February 2004
A strategy of aggressive acquisitions and expansion has catapulted Landry's Inc. into the rarified world of billion-dollar foodservice companies. Landry's which operates such concepts as Joe's Crab Shack, Landry's Seafood, Chart House, Saltgrass Steak House and Rainforest Cafe, reported net earning of $2.5 million, or 9 cents per diluted share, for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 21, compared with $4.6 million, or 16 cents a share, in fiscal 2002. — Nation's Restaurant News, February 23, 2004