Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas

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9781400155897: Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas

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.

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Sin City. Bright lights, high stakes, no sleep. Home to some of the world's grandest, flashiest, and most lucrative casino resorts, Las Vegas' multitude of attractions draws some forty million tourists from around the world every year. But Vegas hasn't always been booming at the level it is today. This newest influx is largely a result of three competing business moguls--and their strategic and creative genius in the race to own Vegas. Meet Kirk Kerkorian, Steve Wynn, and Dr. Gary Loveman, men who couldn't be more different from one another, yet share the same tunnel-vision determination to conquer the city that feeds the world's fantasies.

No longer just a go-to city for gambling, as a result of Kerkorian, Wynn, and Loveman working to reach the top--and to top one another--Las Vegas is now home to restaurants run by some of the world's top chefs, concert and entertainment venues headlined by Hollywood's biggest stars, art galleries featuring some of the world's most valuable pieces, and meta-resorts boasting the largest and most expansive casinos, spas, and more.

Having had personal access to these men, Wall Street Journal reporter Christina Binkley gives us a never-before-seen up close look at the trio of tycoons whose high-stakes gambles made Sin City soar.

Sharp, insightful and revealing, this is the gripping story of how billions of dollars and the unparalleled drive for power made the personal visions of three moguls evolve from dreams to larger-than-life reality.

About the Author:

Christina Binkley is a senior special writer with the Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles.

Actress Cynthia Holloway, a native of Seattle, Washington, has performed on stage, film, and television. She has lent her voice to television programs, radio and television commercials, video games, and audiobooks. Cynthia's most recognizable work is as the voice of Anita Blake in Laurell K. Hamilton's bestselling Vampire Hunter series.

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