Robert Earl

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Robert Earl
BornRobert Ian Leigh
(1951-05-29) May 29, 1951 (age 63)
Hendon, England
Net worthIncrease US$ 240 million (2014)
Spouse(s)Tricia Earl
ChildrenBeth, Cara, Robbie
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Robert Earl
BornRobert Ian Leigh
(1951-05-29) May 29, 1951 (age 63)
Hendon, England
Net worthIncrease US$ 240 million (2014)
Spouse(s)Tricia Earl
ChildrenBeth, Cara, Robbie

Robert Earl (born May 29, 1951) is the founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood, Chairman of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.,[5] and host of Robert Earl's Be My Guest television program which airs weekly on the Cooking Channel.[6]

Early life[edit]

Robert Earl was born Robert Ian Leigh,[5] son of British entertainer Robert Earl (singer). Earl's grandfather was the head of the London Jewish Male Voice Choir. Earl grew up in Hendon and was educated at the local school, but also traveled around a great deal in the UK, Europe and the United States, following his father's career.[7]

Earl graduated from the University of Surrey with an honors degree in Hotel and Catering Management. In 2012 he set up the Robert Earl Scholarship, awarded each year to 14 students across the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, worth up to £2,500 each.[8]

Business Career and Investments[edit]

Earl was named one of the "The 25 Most Influential Americans" by Time Magazine.[9]

Earl began his career with his first Beefeater-themed restaurant.[7]

President Entertainment[edit]

In 1977, Earl founded President Entertainment, a company specializing in theme restaurants, in London.[9] Earl quickly grew the business into a restaurant empire totaling 70 restaurants by the time he merged his company President Entertainment with Pleasurama PLC, a London-based leisure group, in 1987. The transaction yielded Earl $63 million.[10]

Pleasurama PLC and Hard Rock Cafe[edit]

Joining the board, he was tasked to undertake the purchase of Hard Rock Cafe. After quickly becoming the brand's CEO, Earl grew Hard Rock from 7 to 22 units in just 5 years, resulting in the eventual sale of the brand to Rank Group.[5] Earl was also a director of Pelican Group PLC, which owns the Café Rouge, Dôme, and Mamma Amalfi brands. leaving the company after its sale to Whitbread PLC.[5][7]

Planet Hollywood[edit]

Planet Hollywood Restaurants[edit]

In 1991, Earl founded Planet Hollywood,[7] negotiating celebrity investments from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, and partnerships including Demi Moore, and Sylvester Stallone. Earl has since bought it back from Chapter 11 bankruptcy twice, but he still owns a large amount of stock with original investors Schwarzenegger and Willis, alongside new Asian investors.[5]

Planet Hollywood Hotels[edit]

In June 2003, in partnership with Bay Harbour Management LC and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Earl purchased the Aladdin Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2007 it was relaunched as the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. In 2010, Earl sold the property to Caesars Entertainment, but retained the brands license.[5]

Everton Football Club[edit]

In October 2006, Earl became a 23% owner and director of English Premier League club Everton, buying the shareholding of Paul & Anita Gregg via his BCR Sports investment vehicle registered in the British Virgin Islands.[10][11]

Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants[edit]

In 2008, he acquired the casual dining company Buca di Beppo and its chain of 88 restaurants, which serve family-style Italian fare. Earl, Chairman of Buca, has expanded the chain of Italian Restaurants into new locations in both the U.S. and internationally.[12] Buca di Beppo features dishes from villages in Northern and Southern Italy and is equally famous for its quirky décor and upbeat atmosphere.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Married to his wife Tricia, the couple have three children and are residing in Orlando, Florida.[14]

Earl appeared as a guest on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers on December 16, 2014 [11][12].


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  8. ^ "Robert Earl Scholarship". University of Surrey. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
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  10. ^ "Robert Earl". Everton F.C. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
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