Las Vegas Power Players

With the competition heating up in Vegas, these four high- rolling casino moguls are raising the stakes

MGM MIRAGE Kirk Kerkorian

If other casino impresarios have brought sophistication to the new Las Vegas, MGM Mirage majority shareholder Kirk Kerkorian, 87, has supplied the scale. On three separate occasions over the past 35 years, the low-key billionaire investor has built the world's largest hotel on the Strip, most recently the mammoth 5,034-room MGM Grand in 1993. In the past five years, Kerkorian has ushered in a wave of consolidation, snapping up Steve Wynn's Mirage Resorts in 2000 and just last month agreeing to buy Mandalay Resort Group for $7.9 billion, including debt. A World War II pilot who started...

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