Johann Graf is an Austrian-born businessman and self-made billionaire. He is the founder and owner of Novomatic Group, which is currently one of the largest and most successful gambling corporations in the world. His gambling empire is made up of an assortment of companies including Gryphon Invest AG, ACE Casino Holding AG and Novomatic AG, and it currently operates in more than 30 countries.
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His son named Thomas Graf, acts as the Chief Executive Officer of Austrian Gaming Industries, which is one of Novomatic Group’s other subsidiaries. Johann Graff started his professional vocation as a butcher in Vienna. In the mid 1970s, the aspiring businessman travelled to the United States and bought a number of pinball machines. He brought the machines to Austria and the acquisition proved highly successful. It was through this success that he established a highly successful gambling empire, the Novomatic Group.
Besides overseeing their operation in more than 1000 casinos in different parts of the world, Novomatic also manufactures electronic betting machines and other casino-related equipment. The company currently controls over 160,000 casino machines around the world. Today, Johann Graf is one of the most financially successful people in Austria. His current net worth is estimated to be $5.4 billion, making him the 2nd richest person in the country.