|For the first time in history, the Forbes List of the 400 richest people in the US is entirely populated by billionaires, with the online and offline casino industry being well represented.|
PartyGaming founder Anurag Dikshit was the sole representative from the online casino sector having made his fortune through the floatation of PartyGaming, which made him an instant billionaire. Dikshit is now thought to be worth around $2.5 billion.
One of the biggest movers up the list was Sheldon Adelson, Chairman of the Board and principal owner of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the parent company of the Venetian chain of casinos. Adelson ($20.5m) stands third in the list having made a reported $1 million per hour over the last two years.
Other casino moguls mentioned in the list include Stanley Ho, who made his $7 million dollar fortune through a government granted monopoly over the Macau gambling industry, and Nevadan Steve Wynn, who is also a part of the Macau industry, and made his $2.6 billion from his self titled casino in Las Vegas.