De Niro attracted to ‘street life’
Robert De Niro has spoken about his hospitality empire and why he avoids using the Internet in his office.
The 71-year-old Hollywood icon was born and raised in New York City and he now lives in the Upper West Side area of the East Coast metropolis.
Although he’s known the world over, the Taxi Driver star can’t imagine living anywhere other than the Big Apple.
“I like that in New York there's a street life,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “And I like seasons, even if they're uncomfortable at times."
Robert has won over 20 prestigious awards since his career began in 1963, including two Oscars and one Golden Globe honour.
However, he is also the owner of several hospitality businesses. Robert is the proprietor of 32 Nobu restaurants worldwide, including the TriBeCa Grill, The Greenwich Hotel and its eatery, Locanda Verde.
Robert is now expanding his empire by creating Nobu hotels, with one new Nobu lodging facility already operating in Caesars Palace of Las Vegas, a business move he was motivated to pursue by eager clients.
“People would always ask us to bring Nobu into their hotel to give them a certain cachet," Robert noted. "I said, ‘Why are we going in there to do that for them? Let's explore the idea of doing the hotel ourselves’.”
Despite his incredible success, the Casino actor is clueless about the Internet.
While sitting in his office, Robert can’t figure out how to surf the web.
“I don't really go to websites other than The New York Times on Sunday,” he noted.
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