Hollywood film producer Meir Teper, in conjunction with Robert De Niro, convinced Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to open the first Nobu restaurant. He left the film industry in 2004 to concentrate full-time on Nobu Restaurants. As a principal in Nobu, Mr. Teper has been instrumental in the growth of Nobu on a global stage. Since the start of their partnership, they have opened 27 Nobu restaurants around the world. Never one to rest, Mr. Teper has also played an integral role in the development and funding of several restaurants with De Niro including Tribeca Grill and Ago.