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School Daze

Billionaire entrepreneur takes helm of the University of Houston board of regents

By Shelby Hodge

With classes at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management under his belt, Tilman Fertitta charged forth to make a fortune in the hospitality industr ...


Billionaire Wins Casino Suit

Houston billionaire wins big in casino lawsuit leaving gamblers he offered to pay holding nothing

By Heather Staible

A good gambler's first rule of betting is knowing when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em and when to take an offer from hotel and restaurant magnate Tilman Fertitta, Houston's own b ...


Lifestyles of the Rich and Tillman

Inside Tilman Fertitta's glamorous world: Houston billionaire's perks include Gulfstream jet and superyacht

By Clifford Pugh

When Tilman Fertitta flew a group of Houston journalists to Biloxi for the opening of his newest Golden Nugget, we got to see how the other half lives — for a day. ...


Tilman Takes Over the World

Houston billionaire celebrates hotel opening with showgirls, Oilers & world's largest piece of gold

By Clifford Pugh

BILOXI — As Tilman Fertitta opened the 700-room Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Friday, the Houston billionaire was treated like a cele ...


Kevin Sumlin's Helicopter

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin swoops into Houston billionaire's sports celeb party in a helicopter

By Shelby Hodge

Little if anything related to charitable fundraising at the Tilman Ferttita home is without TV-worthy drama and party excellence. Consider the most recent "Gathering of Champions&quo ...


George H.W.'s 90th Bday

George H.W. Bush is on the way to turning 90 years old and the hard partying's already begun

By Shelby Hodge

Former President George H.W. Bush has so many friends and admirers, there is no telling how many times he will be feted for his upcoming 90th birthday. Although he doesn't reach that ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Billionaire host, buxom beauties, mega-yacht and Las Vegas spirit rock Mardi Gras Galveston party

By Shelby Hodge

GALVESTON — Everybody wants to party with Tilman Fertitta. Not because of his mega-yacht (but that does play a role), not because of his Golden Nugget casinos or his private jet. Rather ...


Bill Clinton's Houston Night

A Houston billionaire, Bill Clinton & an astronaut enjoy a special night in Vegas: Hometown chef flown in

By Eric Sandler

Sometimes on Twitter, the scroll moves so fast it's easy to miss when something important happens. However, this tweet from Vic & Anthony's concept chef Carlos Rodriguez immediately des ...


Billionaire's Wild Mardi Gras

A billionaire's wild Mardi Gras bash, Brian Cushing's foodie birthday party & fashion power rock the scene

By Shelby Hodge

If you thought Tilman Fertitta had a winner with last year's San Luis Salute to Galveston Mardi Gras, get ready for the uber-party meister to go one even better when the doors to his annual ext ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Mardi Gras roars off to an early start with a sexy fashion preview: Got beads?

By Shelby Hodge

You can never be too rich or too thin or wear too many bangles and beads at a Mardi Gras ball. Just ask the lively contingent that rolls down I-45 each winter for the bevy of galas, some private ev ...


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