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Lunch With Steve Wynn

By Chuckmonster on Saturday, 22nd April 2006 8:50pm
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Wynn, clad in black, is reading a letter at his desk. “Just a minute,” he intones. As I wait, I stroke the spaniel and look at the large Mark Rothko painting on the wall. A Basquiat hangs near by. Finally he looks up and greets me with a steady gaze. He doesn’t bother with niceties, throws a black blazer over his black turtleneck, slips on a pair of aviator sunglasses and heads off to choose one of the casino’s 22 restaurants for lunch.

Wynn knows all the short cuts through it because this is also his home; he and his wife live in a villa somewhere on the resort’s golf course. Even so, he stumbles a few times, once nearly careening into a baby stroller in the crowded corridor: he has a degenerative eye disease that limits his peripheral vision.

Along the way people ogle him, which is not surprising. After three decades of creating some of the world’s best-known casinos, Wynn is synonymous with the rise of Las Vegas from a dusty gambling wasteland to one of the top tourist destinations in the US.

[ After seating at the Country Club restaurant ] a somewhat giddy waiter arrives to take our order. Wynn raves about the Kobe beef carpaccio, which he takes the liberty of ordering for both of us. His face falls when I say I don’t eat beef and order a salad instead.



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