The list below is a series of brief introductions to some of the major and principal online and land-based casino owners in the world. Their stories are often interesting and motivational for many and it always helps to have an idea of who exactly is behind all of the games, sites, or locations that you enjoy. We hope that you find the following information useful.
Also known as ‘Ho Hung-sun’, Ho is a famous entrepreneur in Honk Kong and Macau. Sometimes labeled the ‘King of gambling’ (Ho held a government-mandated monopoly on the gambling in China for over 35 years) Ho was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 151st richest man in the world in 2005 with an estimated wealth of $3.6billion. He owns eight casinos outright including the biggest in Macau, Casino Lisboa, controls 15 of the city’s 17 casinos, and continues to invest and diversify his portfolio through involvement with airlines, banking, tourism, shipping and other industries.
“The Donald,” as so many people know him, is famous for not only his development projects, TV show, and the skyscrapers in NYC which bear his name but is a also a major figure in the casino industry with his publicly-held ‘Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts’ company. The owner of 4 casinos, the most notable being the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, Trump has struggled in this business venture as of late – have to “fire” himself even as CEO – but he remains one of the most prominent and easily-recognizable figures in the industry and still is worth over $2.6billion.
The leader on Forbe’s list of gaming billionaires, Adelson has a net worth of over $11.9. He’s built The Venetian, Sands Expo convention center and Sands Macau, and is currently building Palazzo, a new mega resort across the street from The Venetian in Vegas, and a new Venetian Macau. He is also developing six new casinos along the Macau strip. The son of a taxi driver, Adelson really hit the jackpot with the December offering of his Las Vegas Sands. The stock rose 61% in one day but has since come back to earth.
Worth approximately $9.5billion, the former WWII pilot and director of MGM Mirage recently took over the Mandalay Resort Group and now controls almost half of all Las Vegas hotel rooms. Kerkorian is credited by many as having been the main driver behind the Las Vegas boom. Forbes ranks Kerkorian 41st on its list of the world’s richest people.
The Gibraltar Gang of Four: Anurag Dikshit , Ruth Parasol, Russell DeLeon, and Vikrant Bhargava
The newest gaming tycoons are four Gibraltar-based residents who took their online gaming company, PartyGaming, public in London in June. The first-known online gaming billionaires are worth a combined $8 billion. Parasol founded the precursor company in 1997 after reportedly running porn sites. She brought on Dikshit to develop proprietary software in 1998. Parasol and her husband DeLeon now consult, while Dikshit runs the group and Bhargava oversees marketing.