|Jimmy Buffett began his business empire in 1985 when he opened his first Margaritaville Cafe in Key West, Florida. There are now several Margaritaville’s in America and the Caribbean. In 2002, Jimmy began building Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurants jointly with Outback Steakhouse. Over 30 CIP’s are in existence today with more in the works.
The biggest addition to Buffett’s empire is currently under construction: a Margaritaville Casino and Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. The project has suffered due to the economic downturn though. It’s on hold, and in November the backers said that they may need partners to finish the casino with the size and scope originally planned.
Buffett has also expanded his business empire to include Footwear, Frozen Foods, Beer, Tequila, Frozen Concoction Creators, and even naming rights to an NFL stadium!