King Sol

South Africa's nightlife tycoon

When South African Hotelier Solo mon Kerzner speaks, he comes across more like a New Jersey dockhand than a powerful executive. He talks machine gun-style, from the corner of his mouth, with an accent sounding a bit like Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront. Yet the former college boxer's pugnacious manner suits his controversial role in business. Kerzner, 48, is southern Africa's casino king. In a country so morally conservative that movie theaters are closed on Sundays and Playboy magazine is banned as the work of the devil,...

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