These tycoons have all brought entertainment to new levels, leaving consumers wanting for more. Through the gaming industry, these tycoons have accumulated ridiculous amount of money leeching off of their consumers’ addiction to games. With the kind of money they possess, these billionaires can afford to play whatever games they want to play in real life. The Top 10 Richest Gaming Tycoons in the World are given below.
Sheldon Adelson is undisputedly no 1 in the list of top gaming tycoons. He firmly holds that position with his $38 million net worth. The man serves as the top chief executive and chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The corporation looks after the smooth operation of the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Sheldon is someone who is willing to up the ante anytime, anywhere in order to win.
Lui Che Woo has a net worth of $19 billion. The recent surge in shares of Galaxy Entertainment in Hong Kong has greatly influenced his net worth. The Galaxy Entertainment Group, also simply known as GEG, is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and it helps in the smooth functioning of several hotels and casinos in Macau namely The StarWorld Macau, CityClub Casinos and The Galaxy Macau.
Johann Graf’s net worth of $7 billion makes him the 3rd richest gaming tycoon on the planet. The man is the owner of Novomatic Group. The company is one of the biggest gaming industry conglomerates in the world. The company operates in over 43 countries and lends its services by manufacturing and exporting high tech gaming equipments. Novomatic Group also runs casinos in Berlin and Chile.
James Packer who hails from Australia is the son of media mogul Kerry Packer. The Australian businessman and multi-billionaire heads Consolidated Press Holdings Limited which have control over many companies which include Crown a worldwide gambling empire. Crown's Australian resorts attract 25 million visitors each year.The billionaire has joined ventures with Lawrence Ho another gaming tycoon to increase his gaming assets in Macau.
A woman named Pansy Ho holds the distinction of being the 4th richest gaming tycoon in the world. She has a net worth of $6 billion and runs her company MGM China as the co-chairman. Her association with the casino outfit MGM Resorts has led her towards becoming Hong Kong’s richest woman. Pansy is an alumnus of the prestigious University of Santa Clara, California where she graduated with a degree in marketing and business management.
Kunio Busujima has a net worth of $5 billion and he has made that sort of fortune establishing the mega successful Sankyo. Sankyo specializes in making pachinko gaming machine; Pachinko is a game which is either used for arcade gaming or simply used as a gambling device. It is similar to a slot machine.
Kirk Kerkorian is a businessman who continues to be placed in the richest gaming tycoon list even at the age of 96. Kirk Kerkorian is known to hold a substantial amount of shares in MGM International Resorts; he served as CEO of the company for several years before stepping down. The man is the brains behind the popularity of the International Hotel in Las Vegas. The man currently has around 39 % shares in the gaming company MGM Mirage.
Steve Wynn has a net worth of $4 billion. The businessman’s companies were involved in resurgence and expansion of the Las Vegas Strip in the 90s. His companies were behind the erection of several renowned resorts namely the Golden Nugget, Bellagio, Wynn, The Mirage and Encore. He currently spends his time serving as the Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, Limited.
Hang Chang Woo has a net worth of $3 billion and his establishment of the company Maruhan has played a major role in increasing his wealth. The company Maruhan is a pioneer in the field of introducing pachinko parlours, golf driving ranges, movie theatres and bowling alleys in Korea and Japan. He serves as the CEO of Maruhan Corporation after establishing it in 1972. The man holds a degree in economics.
Along with ex- husband, Steve Wynn, Elaine co-founded the Wynn Casino Empire around 30 years ago. Her divorce to her husband ended up with Elaine receiving 11 million shares of the company. She is currently a board member of Wynn Las Vegas, LLC. She rejuvenates herself in her mansion located inside Southern Highlands Golf Club.
I know this list is about top ten richest gaming tycoons, but I give you another one on this list. Lawrence Ho is the son of Stanley Ho. Lawrence has a net worth of $2.6 billion. He is the CEO of Melco Crown Entertainment Limited and Melco International Development Limited. He has a B.A degree in commerce from the prestigious University of Toronto and was awarded the “Best CEO in Hong Kong” by FinanceAsia continuously from 2009 to 2012. He is the son of Macau gambling-industry legend Stanley Ho.