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Sheldon Adelson tops gaming sector in Forbes World’s Billionaires 2015

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Sheldon Adelson tops gaming sector in Forbes World’s Billionaires 2015Forbes released its annual World’s Top Billionaires List, with Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson topping the gambling sector.

Despite losing $6.6 billion off his fortune, the Godfather of some Republicans still made it to the top 20, with an estimated $31.4 billion in net worth. He ranked 18th on this year’s worldwide list, 13th in the United States, down from 8th place in 2014.

Chinese businessman Lui Che-Woo made it to top 100, ranked at 82nd with an estimated $11.6 billion in net worth. Che-woo is the chairman of K. Wah Company and owner of Galaxy Entertainment Group, which runs casinos including StarWorld Macau, the Grand Waldo Hotel and Galaxy Macau. His two new casinos, Galaxy Phase II and Broadway at Galaxy will double the size of Galaxy Entertainment’s presence in Macau.

In 208th place is Austrian businessman and owner of Novomatic Group Johann Graf with $6.6 billion, the second richest man in Austria.

Pansy Ho, daughter of Stanley Ho and co-chairman of MGM China, placed 309th. She has an estimated $5 billion, which made her the richest woman in Hong Kong.

Kunio Busujima and family, founder of Pachinko gaming machine business Sankyo, ranked 360th with $4.5 billion. Han Chang-Woo, chairman and CEO of Maruhan—Japan’s largest pachinko chain—and Kirk Kerkorian–owner of the original MGM hotel and casino–tied for 393rd, each with an estimated $4.2 billion net worth.

Co-founder and former co-owner of PokerStars Mark Scheinberg is at #405 with $4.1 billion—the 10th richest man in Canada. PokerStars’ parent company, Rational Group, which also owns Full Tilt Poker, was sold for $4.9 billion in August to publicly-traded Montreal company Amaya Gaming Group.

Wynn Resorts Limited chairman of the board and CEO Steve Wynn is at 512th with $3.4 billion net worth and gambling software developer Playtech founder Teddy Sagi ranked 534th with $3.3 billion net worth.

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