These Are the 7 Most Influential People in the Casino Industry


Here are the 7 most notable figures who are involved with the casino industry.

Steve Wynn – An American real estate businessman and art collector. He’s known for his involvement in the American luxury casino and hotel industry. He played a pivotal role in the 1990s resurgence and expansion of the Las Vegas Strip with developments such as The Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, and Wynn Las Vegas.

Sheldon Adelson – He was a casino magnate, philanthropist, and political donor. He owned the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which operates The Venetian and The Palazzo, among others. Adelson’s vision of integrated resorts instead of standalone casinos helped reshape the industry. (Adelson passed away in January 2021).

Stanley Ho – He was a Hong Kong-Macau business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He was known as “The King of Gambling” due to his monopoly in the Macau gambling industry for over 40 years. His company, SJM Holdings, owns 19 casinos in Macau. (Ho passed away in May 2020).

Donald Trump – Before becoming the President of the United States, Trump was a businessman and television personality, with significant real estate investments including casinos. He owned several casinos in Atlantic City, including the Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal.

Kirk Kerkorian – This American businessman, investor, and philanthropist was one of the important figures in shaping Las Vegas with his investments in mega-resorts starting in the 1960s. His company Tracinda Corporation owned a significant stake in MGM Mirage (now MGM Resorts International).

Elaine Wynn – Co-founder and former board member of Wynn Resorts, she has been an influential figure in the industry, both through her own work and her association with ex-husband Steve Wynn.

Lawrence Ho – Son of Stanley Ho, Lawrence Ho has made his own name in the industry as co-founder and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment.

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