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Big Egos Tower Over Las Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 9th June 2005 1:55pm
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On one corner of the Las Vegas Strip, Steve Wynn runs his signature $2.7 billion megaresort and busily plans another.

Across the street, Sheldon Adelson is building the Palazzo hotel-casino next to his successful Venetian. Soon to be shimmering near both properties are Donald Trump's gold-glass hotel-condo towers, and Phil Ruffin has ambitious plans for the aging New Frontier casino.

Four billionaire-sized egos. A slew of big-budget projects. All within a stone's throw of one another. Is this desert sandbox big enough to hold them?

"It will make for interesting copy and interesting reality," said Jack Wishna, a local dealmaker who knows all four men and has a minority interest in Trump's Las Vegas development.

Once their projects are completed, the four will have invested some $10 billion in their slices of the Strip. In a city known for its commercial combat, posturing and bravado, the fight for tourist dollars could be epic judging by past battles.



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