Today, Tilman Fertitta, 59, is worth almost $3 billion. He is the CEO and sole shareholder of Landry's, a parent company that owns and operates more than 500 properties and 40 brands of restaurants, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Morton's The Steakhouse. He's also the host of the reality TV show, "Billion Dollar Buyer," the second season of which premiered last night on CNBC.
But the restaurant mogul started peeling shrimp in the back of his dad's restaurant in Galveston, Texas.
A $6,000 loan from the bank set him on his way.
Fertitta says growing businesses is in his blood. "I think you are born with the business gene," he tells CNBC via Facebook Live. He bought and sold stocks in high school, and he used that profit as collateral to get his first loan.
"I will never forget that $6,000 loan that I borrowed. That's where it all began," says Fertitta.