An unprecedented up-close-and-personal look at the
trio of tycoons whose high-stakes gambles—in business—make Sin City soar.
Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Dr.
Gary Loveman. The first two are world-famous for their flamboyant, often
outrageous efforts to dominate Las Vegas. But it’s the third—an economist from
Harvard Business School, unknown even to most of the guests at his high-profile
casinos—who may now have the most impact. In Winner Takes All, Christina Binkley, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explores how these three magnates are building a bigger and better Las
Vegas and how their influence is spreading beyond the city’s borders.
Meet the winners:
Wynn is the visionary behind
the Mirage, the Bellagio, and the $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas. Loud and
passionate, with a tragic backstory—a world-renowned art collector, he is
slowly going blind from retinitis pigmentosa—Wynn is often called the architect
of modern Las Vegas.
Kerkorian, who is in his late eighties,
is a shy, sly tactician, but his status as a billionaire deal maker who owns
half the strip—and his history as nemesis to Howard Hughes—keeps him in the
forefront of Las Vegas, wheeling and dealing.
Gary Loveman, the CEO of Harrah’s
Entertainment, Inc., represents a new, more populist future for Las Vegas, one
in which gamblers will be carefully culled from databases rather than lured by
flash. Loveman approaches the city as though it were a Harvard case study. On the
verge of becoming Las Vegas’—and possibly the world’s—biggest gambling titan,
he refuses to even live there.
Peppered with celebrity
cameos (from Siegfried and Roy to George and Barbara Bush), this sharp,
fast-paced narrative tells the story of how billions of dollars—and an
unparalleled drive for power—took three men’s visions for Las Vegas from mere
dreams to reality. Download and start listening now!