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Gilbert shares pizza secrets and more at auto show

 Dan Gilbert

Yep, Gilbert, the force behind Quicken Loans and other companies and also owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, once delivered pizzas in his younger years.

“I still claim I hold the worldwide record — 78 pizzas delivered in one night, ” said Gilbert as he talked about things at the Robb Report exhibit at the North American International Auto Show.

“I still ask guys when they deliver pizza, ‘What’s your record?’ Then I tell them I once delivered 78, ” he added.

The scrappy man with the midas touch was also penny-wise and saved $5, 000 from those pizza days that went toward starting his first mortgage company in the 1980s.

His empire today includes Quicken Loans, Rock Ventures, Fathead and numerous others. And now add to that the Robb Report, which Gilbert acquired when the media company catering to the affluent became available.

“It fits in with our digital profile, ” Gilbert said.

The Robb Report’s exhibit — it’s first appearance at NAIAS — features swanky cars like the Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible and Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster.

“Having the Robb Report gives our show an added dimension by bringing a luxury lifestyle publication to life on the show floor, ” said Rod Alberts, head of NAIAS.

Gilbert’s Opportunity Detroit also was a sponsor of the Drive Home Rally,  which kicked off the auto show.

Gilbert, who could afford to buy all of those vehicles on display at the Robb Report exhibit, is sticking with the American-made autos he and his family drive.

On other matters, Gilbert talked about Courtside Ventures, a new $35-million venture investment firm that just opened in Detroit. It will invest in sports and media technology start-ups.

Read the full story at Free Press, by Carol Cain


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