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On Memorial Day weekend, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (right) cut the ribbon on the latest outpost in Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville empire: a $35 million resort and casino complex in Atlantic City. (For an up-close-and-personal visit, check out AOL Travel editor Mike Yessis’ full-immersion Margaritaville diary.)
The singer’s flip-flop-wearing, booze-swilling image belies his role as head of a business empire that would make some titans of industry jealous. In addition to the casino complex–the fifth under the Margaritaville banner–Buffett also has his hand in several bar and restaurant chains, a beer label, clothing, sunscreen, blenders, even Broadway producing.
The privately held Margaritaville Enterprises doesn’t release sales figures, but Bloomberg Businessweek recently dubbed the song that spawned it all the most lucrative 3 minutes and 20 seconds in music history.
More: Check out Aol Travel’s ‘Margaritaville Diaries’!