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Steve Wynn: the King of Las Vegas

Steve Wynn, CEO and founder of Wynn Resorts, is reckoned to be the 86th wealthiest man in the US. His hotel creations include the Mirage and the incredible Bellagio in Las Vegas. More recently, he’s launched a mega-casino in Macau, a sign that even the biggest entrepreneurs in the world recognise the power of the international marketplace and the huge business opportunities in Asia.

The son of a bingo parlour operator, e Wynn spent his youth watching his father run his seven-state bingo empire. When Mike Wynn went to Las Vegas in 1952 to try to open a bingo hall, he took his son along for the ride. The bid failed, but the trip gave Steve Wynn his first taste of Vegas – a taste which “altered the young boy’s world-view and left him forever changed,” according to biographer John L Smith. When his father died in 1967, Wynn took over one of his bingo halls in Maryland. But, unsatisfied with life in a gaming backwater, he soon moved his family to Vegas.

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International business: Steve Wynn, the king of Las Vegas


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