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Party Watch

River Oaks billionaire's mansion becomes a magical setting for ultimate Christmas party — and kids benefit

By Shelby Hodge

What: M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital ninth annual Santa's Elves party. Where: The River Oaks estate of Paige and Tilman Fertitta. The 411: Some 375 "Santa's Elves ...


Lady luck on a roll

Houston billionaire launches fifth Golden Nugget and bubbly flows at $700 million gem in Lake Charles

By Shelby Hodge

LAKE CHARLES, La. — With gilded scissors wielded high, champagne corks popping and golden streamer confetti flying, billionaire Tilman Fertitta on Monday officially launched his fifth Golden ...


Beef cake

H-Town billionaire shakes up steakhouse scene in Manhattan with a star-studded grand opening

By Shelby Hodge

Tilman Fertitta just doesn't do anything in a small way. Consider his most recent landmark event — opening of Mastro's Steakhouse in New York City. More than 1,000 guests, sports and ...


Gunfire, Fireworks and Mayhem

James Bond makes spectacular helicopter landing at billionaire's River Oaks mansion and all hell breaks loose

By Shelby Hodge

As is tradition at the annual Houston Police Foundation fundraiser, most often held on the grounds of billionaire Tilman Fertitta's River Oaks home, there is gunfire, a ruthless crime, bad ...


A noble cause

Ebola angels: Nurses benefit with ties to Houston billionaire could not come at a better time

By Shelby Hodge

Although the Holiday Style Fashion Show & Luncheon benefiting the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been a year in the planning, the time could not have been better for the fu ...


The feed bag

Move over fish & chips, Houston billionaire expands seafood restaurant empire to London

By Shelby Hodge

Even with Tilman Fertitta's track record on restaurant success, it takes a lot of moxie to open a seafood eatery in the homeland of fish and chips. But that's just what the owner and C ...


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 ...


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