When Sardar Biglari moved with his family to the U.S. from Iran in 1984, Steak ’n Shake was in its 50th year.
Now Biglari, only 34, is chairman and CEO of Biglari Holdings, the parent company of Steak ’n Shake, Western Sizzlin, and investment management firm Biglari Capital Corp., a group of subsidiary companies that together are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Since joining Steak ’n Shake’s board of directors in March 2008 and then taking over as chairman and CEO in August of that year, Biglari has implemented a top-down overhaul of its operations. The overhaul has led the company to 10 straight quarters of same-store sales growth, as of Q3 2011. Steak ’n Shake also went from losing more than $100,000 a day in 2009 to making more than $100,000 a day in 2010, according to Biglari’s 2010 letter to shareholders.