1. Sheldon Adelson: Fortune $9 Billion
Owner of Las Vegas’ legendary Sands Casino, hip hang-out to the Rat Pack and mafia heads, Adelson revamped his real estate tycoon status when the knocked down the original Sands to make way for the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Palazzo. The Venetian now stands as one of Vegas’ most lucrative hotels. However, Adelson’s fortune does not stop there - he also operates a luxury hub in Macao China, the Sands Macao. The success the hotel has since transformed the city into Asia’s version of the Las Vegas strip.
2. Micky Arison: Fortune $4.3 Billion
As the CEO of the Carnival Corporation, Arison owns the largest cruise company in the world which manages over 93 ships and 11 brands. His massive sea-hotel empire ranks him as the 56th wealthiest man in the world.
3. Joan Tish: Fortune $2.6 Billion
The widow of the great Bob Tish, chairman and co-owner of the Loews Corporation, Joan now manages one of the most famous hotel conglomerates in the nation. The Lowes hotel portfolio includes the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and the Lowes Regency in New York City.
4. Steve Wynn: Fortune $2.3 Billion
Steve Wynn’s successful launch of a slew of Las Vegas titans including The Mirage, Treasure Island, the Bellagio and now his namesake hotel the Wynn has garnered the real estate mogul a massive fortune.
5. William Barron Hilton: Fortune $2.3 billion
The Hilton hotel legacy spans back to the patriarch founder Conrad Hilton’s massive success generations ago. Now owned by Conrad’s son William, the Hilton hotel empire was sold to Blackstone in 2007 for $800 million making Will Hilton a very rich man.