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Billionaire banned from Nobu after ‘threatening to kill manager because he was denied his favorite table’

  • Stewart  Rahr was upset because another group was seated at ‘his’  table
  • Sent an  angry email to the owner of the restaurant and cc’ed  celebrities
  • He admits  to the argument but denies having threatened the  manager

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:11:01 EST, 11  November 2012| UPDATED:11:34 EST, 11 November 2012

Upset: Stewart Rahr took issue with how he was treated at Nobu57 in Manhattan
Upset: Stewart Rahr took issue with how he was treated  at Nobu57 in Manhattan

One of the world’s richest men has allegedly  been banned from top New York restaurant Nobu after the staff said that he  threatened to kill the manager when he didn’t get his favorite table.

Stewart Rahr, a pharmaceutical billionaire  who boasts of his celebrity friends and his lavish lifestyle, reportedly sent a  email of complaint to Nobu owner Drew Nieporent.

He admits having a disagreement with a female  manager but he denies threatening to kill her after she ignored his phone call,  according to The New York  Post.

The paper reports that after the face-to-face  confrontation with the manager, he also sent a caps-locked tirade to Nieporent,  he cc’ed a group of his famous friends including Mark Wahlberg, Leonardo  DiCaprio, Alicia Keys Andre Agassi and Joaquin Phoenix.

Three additional recipients have some  political pull, including police commissioner Ray Kelly, Rahr’s ‘buddy’ Donald  Trump, and actor Robert DeNiro who co-owns the restaurant chain with Nieporent.

The dispute stems from an incident where the  66-year-old allegedly got into a verbal altercation with the restaurant’s  manager Sharon Hofstetter when Rahr tried to get his favorite table on the night  of his wife’s surprise birthday party.

He reportedly walked up to an occupied table  and asked the group who was dining there to move so that he could have ‘his’  table.

A bartender told the paper that the group  refused and he offered to pay their bill if they would agree.

Powerful pals: Rahr prides himself on his celebrity connections, seen here with Prince Harry at a polo matchPowerful pals: Rahr prides himself on his celebrity  connections, seen here with Prince Harry at a polo match

Close: Rahr (right) sent an email complaint to the owner of Nobu and cc'ed a number of celebrities including Mark Wahlberg (second right). Though in this picture, Cindy Crawford, her husband Rande Gerber, and Jeremy Piven didn't get the emailClose: Rahr (right) sent an email complaint to the owner  of Nobu and cc’ed a number of celebrities including Mark Wahlberg (second  right). Though in this picture, Cindy Crawford, her husband Rande Gerber, and  Jeremy Piven didn’t get the email

Rahr, who calls himself ‘Stewie Rah Rah- the  No. 1 King of Fun’, then left an irate message for Hofstetter, who was not at  the restaurant at the time of the interaction.

She did not call him back immediately so he  went to the restaurant on 57th Street to have it out with her in person.

‘He called me the c-word and said he would  kill me,’ Hofstetter told The Post.

Rahr tells a different version of the story.  He told The Post that Hofstetter was supposed to meet him at his office to plan  the party in question, so he went to the restaurant to give her a piece of his  mind.

‘I told her “I can’t stand you. You’re  despicable.” Did I curse at her or threaten to kill her? No true- please. I  would never say that,’ Rahr told the paper.

Feeling like his message may not be clear,  Rahr decided to send the email to Nieporent and copy his A-list pals.

‘I GUESS THAT U R MUCH TOO BUSY TO  CALL BACK  AN UPSET CUSTOMER. I HAD TOLD U THAT I HAD A MAJOR PROBLEM & A VERY  UNCOMFORTABLE EXPERIENCE CONCERNING A SURPRISE PARTY FOR A  VERY VERY CLOSE  FRIEND THIS PAST WEDS,’ he wrote in the email.

Rahr, who owned drug manufacturer Kinray  until he sold it for $1.3billion in  2010, went on to talk about his wealth in  the email, using it as an  unexpected way to rub his business savvy in  Nieporent’s face.

‘I HAD ONLY 3 employees & revenues of  only $40,000… WHEN I RECENTLY  SOLD MY company last year I EMPLOYED almost  2,000 employees n REVENUES  of $5,000,000,000 (thats what 5 BILLION (W AN ‘B’ AS  IN BOY NOT AN ‘M’  AS IN MAN…’ he wrote in the angry- and typo-laden- email.

Similar skin colors: Rahr, seen here with close friend Donald Trump, also sent the real estate mogul the email complaining about the service he received at NobuSimilar skin colors: Rahr, seen here with close friend  Donald Trump, also sent the real estate mogul the email complaining about the  service he received at Nobu

Banned: Now Rahr is no longer welcome at any of Nobu's 25 locations around the worldBanned: Now Rahr is no longer welcome at any of Nobu’s  25 locations around the world

Now, Rahr is no longer welcome at any of the  25 international Nobu locations. Given his propensity to go heavy on the self  tanner (having had a skin cancer scare several years ago) and trademark uniform  of purple t-shirts and yellow Ray Ban sunglasses, it would be easy to spot him  if he tried to sneak in.

This is far from the first time that Rahr has  used his connections to make a point, as he was described in a New  York Observer profile of showing off his hundreds of posed photos  with various celebrities.

And he has no problem expressing his distaste  for others: he openly bad-mouthed Tiger Woods, calling him ‘the most selfish guy  I know out of

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