Tilman Fertitta built a hospitality empire starting with a $6,000 loan.
Today, the 59-year-old CEO and sole shareholder of Landry's — the Houston-based restaurant and entertainment company that owns more than 500 properties and 40 brands of restaurants, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Morton's The Steakhouse — is worth nearly $3 billion.
But when it comes to defining success, the self-made billionaire says wealth has nothing to do with it.
"Success to me is anybody who does something better than somebody else," Fertitta tells CNBC.
The skill or craft is irrelevant, he says. "I don't care what business it is. I have the greatest respect in the world for that guy that can take an engine apart of a car and put it back together, or the house painter that can paint a perfect line, or the cameraman who can shoot the best shot," he says.
"We're all talented in our own ways — just some of us make more money than others. That's all."