- He played for the Detroit Tigers baseball team before an injury cut his career short.
- He decided he wanted to make pizza after having some from Italy, and opened his pizza place after his injury
- In 2012, the total combined amount of all his companies was $2.6 billion
1982: Ilitch purchases Detroit Red Wings Hockey Club
1987: Purchased Fox Theater, restored it to its 1982 style and opened it in 1988
1989: commissioned dramatic renovation of 10-story building, relocated his office staff, and established a new HQ for his pizza company
1992: Ilitch purchases Detroit Tigers baseball team