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: --Steve 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. --Kirk 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. --Dr. 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's--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.
""As exhilarating as a high-stakes game of craps."" ---Kirkus
Format: Audio CD
Published: 15th March 2008
Dimensions (cm): 16.5 x 17.2 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.162