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Dozen With Local Ties Make Forbes Billionaires List

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Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson. Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson.

LAS VEGAS -- The latest Forbes world ranking of billionaires includes plenty of familiar faces, including a dozen with ties to Southern Nevada.

Those with local connections are headed by Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson, whose $38 billion in net assets landed him eighth on the list.

Adelson made the top 10 wealthiest individuals globally for the first time since 2007, thanks largely to his company's overwhelming success in China's Macau resort. Over the past year, the 80-year-old owner of the Venetian and Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas made $32 million per day on average.

The list, published Monday, included 1,645 billionaires, led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates at $76 billion.

Number 25 in the rankings is 78-year-old investor Carl Icahn, a New York City resident worth $24.5 billion whose holdings include the unfinished Fontainebleau Las Vegas hotel on the Strip.

Others who made the list include:

  • Kirk Kerkorian, 96-year-old chairman emeritus of MGM Resorts International, worth $4.5 billion. He is 328th on the list.
  • Nancy Walton Laurie, 62-year-old Henderson resident worth $4.1 billion who is part of the Wal-Mart family. She is 367th.
  • Donald Trump, 67-year-old real estate developer who built Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, worth $3.9 billion. He is 388th.
  • Steve Wynn, 72-year-old chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, worth $3.8 billion. He is 396th.
  • Elaine Wynn, 70-year-old Wynn Resorts board member and ex-wife of Steve Wynn, worth $2.7 billion. She is 642nd.
  • Phillip Ruffin, 78-year-old owner of Treasure Island, worth $2.5 billion. He is 687th.
  • Warren Stephens, 57-year-old chairman of Stephens media, which owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He is also worth $2.5 billion, tied with Ruffin for 687th.
  • Tilman Fertitta, 56-year-old owner of the Golden Nugget casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin, worth $2.4 billion. He is 731st on the list.
  • Guy Laliberte, 54-year CEO of Cirque du Soleil, worth $2 billion. He is 869th.
  • Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta, 52 and 47 respectively, co-owners of Station Casinos and the Ultimate Fighting Championship series. The brothers are each worth $1.3 billion, good for 1,284th.
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