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Life Imitates ‘Yellowstone’

Billionaire mogul Thomas Tull is now a major investor in America’s rediscovered love affair with cowboys.
Billionaire mogul Thomas Tull is now a major investor in America’s rediscovered love affair with cowboys. Photo: George Gojkovich/Getty Images
Lauren Sherman
June 12, 2023

Thomas Tull, the former movie producer who made a fortune when he sold Legendary Entertainment to China’s Dalian Wanda Group for $3.5 billion, in 2016, is living the American dream. By multiple accounts, he grew up poor in a single-parent home, became a tech investor, among other things, then went to Hollywood and produced some of the more successful films of the past 20 years: The Dark Knight, The Town, The Hangover, etcetera. In 2009, he fulfilled a childhood dream by becoming a part owner of the Steelers. He even sold his Thousand Oaks compound, for some $35 million, and moved to the suburbs of Pittsburgh, where he keeps a very low profile, according to one neighbor.