Developer of Chili's chain Brinker dies
Restaurant mogul Norman Brinker of Dallas died today at a hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. Brinker was 78. No cause of death was immediately announced.

Brinker in 2000 retired as chairman of Brinker International, which now operates On the Border, Maggiano's Little Italy and Romano's Macaroni Grill.

Dallas billionaire and ex-presidential candidate Ross Perot described his friend as someone with a "tremendous ability to inspire and motivate other people to do great things."

Brinker got his start with a coffee shop in Dallas. He later developed the concept for Steak & Ale and purchased Chili's.

Brinker's first wife, tennis great Maureen Connolly Brinker, died in 1969.

Brinker was divorced from Nancy Brinker, who's a former U.S. ambassador and founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity.

Nancy Brinker says her ex-husband was one of the savviest business and philanthropic leaders of our time.