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 business 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 the world stage. Since their partnership started, they have gone on to open 21 Nobu Restaurants around the world. Never one to rest, Mr. Teper also has played an integral role in the development and funding of several restaurants with De Niro including Tribeca Grill and Ago.