Congratulations, Steve Schwarzman!

It looks like someone's Christmas vacation just got a whole lot more exciting:

The Blackstone private equity empire is buying 10 US theme parks, including SeaWorld tourist attractions in Florida and California, for $2.7bn from brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev in a deal building the buyout group into one of the world's top investors in amusement destinations. Blackstone, run by the Wall Street billionaire Stephen Schwarzman, already owns Merlin Entertainment, which runs Madame Tussauds, Legoland and the London Eye.

Blackstone buys into the world of American theme parks [Guardian]