Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta to release first book in September

Over the course of some 180 pages, “Shut Up and Listen!” will share business insights gleaned from Fertitta’s three-decade career in the hospitality industry. The Galveston native turned one seafood restaurant in Katy into a multibillion-dollar empire spanning restaurants, hotels, amusement parks and casinos. Forbes puts Fertitta’s net worth at $4.5 billion.


I want a copy!!!

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But Kelly talking about the time they were out at a fancy spot and Tilman caught the bartender not serving them full shots by just looking at the pour reveals even more. As does University of Houston president Renu Khator detailing how Fertitta kept texting her to get updated on a UH student who tried to commit suicide.

Shut Up and Listen! is Fertitta’s first book, but it’s unlikely to be his last. The owner of the Landry’s hospitality empire, the Houston Rockets and casinos galore seems to be dipping his toe in with this business advice book, telling few personal stories.

The nuggets he does share can be golden. Like the fact that he switched watches with his lawyer Steve Scheinthal before going into a 1980s meeting with bankers he needed to ask for relief from because he felt that a guy “wearing a little Seiko watch” would engender more sympathy than someone wearing the fancy gold Rolex that usually adorns his wrist.

This isn’t Tilman Fertitta baring his soul, but he shares some — with a wink.


Is it available at our School bookstore?
I tried at our online bookstore but I did not find it. That would be nice if it was. That way both profit.

I listened to the book on the audible app and has some solid advice about life and business.