It's no secret that a unit of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. owes billions of dollars to lenders, hedge funds and investments firms stemming from a $30.7 billion buyout in 2008 that was paid for, primarily, with debt.
But a court filing from Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. on Thursday revealed a few recognizable people, places and companies that were still owed when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday.
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According to the filing, among the 50 creditors owed the most and listed as unsecured who would be among the last in line to be repaid are:
— Gordon Ramsay. The celebrity chef is owed $307,479. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill locations are inside Caesars Palace and planned for its Caesars Atlantic City property.
— Nobu. The restaurant chain co-founded by actor Robert De Niro has a location inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and is owed $459,964. It's also the brand attached to its own luxury hotel on the Caesars Palace property.
— Clark County. The Las Vegas Strip isn't in Las Vegas, it's in Clark County. The agency is owed $46.9 million for a bond issued in 2008 to move power lines underground on Caesars' land on Flamingo Road. A county spokesman says the county is working with Caesars attorneys to correct a mistake that listed the agency as an unsecured creditor even though the debt is secured, which would bump it up in line to be paid back.
— Charlotte Hornets. The basketball team is owed $393,750, according to the bankruptcy filing. A call to the team's executive offices wasn't returned. The team's chairman is NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.
— Slot machine makers. International Game Technology is owed $28.5 million, Bally Gaming is owed $757,241, Aristocrat Technologies is owed $521,932.