Let them eat wake? Island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta rarely is shy about publicity or sharing news about his successes. But he didn’t exactly trumpet the sea-worthy testing of his 250-foot, $150 million super yacht, possibly sensing the awkward timing in an economy reeling from the pandemic.
Still, word spread fast when Houston publication PaperCity published an article Jan. 12 about the yacht. Fertitta came under harsh criticism with some social media posters calling it “tone-deaf” and “conspicuous consumption” in a time when millions are unemployed, and his company last year had furloughed 40,000 employees in the height of the pandemic.