The Wealthiest People in Nevada

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    Sheldon Adelson

    Sheldon Adelson
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    The World's Billionaires from Forbes lists all those individuals with a net worth of over one billion dollars. A subset of this is the Forbes 400 of the richest people in the United States. Not too surprisingly, some of these people dwell among us in Nevada.

    Naturally, individuals' wealth varies from year to year, and some of the wealthier among us move away from Nevada for various reasons. This list of extraordinarily rich Nevadans, however, has remained nearly static for several years. The numbers below were updated in 2016.

    By far the wealthiest person in Nevada, Adelson operates as the Las Vegas Sands, a developer, owner, and operator of destination casino resorts in the U.S., Macau, and Singapore.

    • Net Worth - $26.1 billion as of 2016
    • Source - Casinos
    • Billionaires Worldwide - #22
    • Forbes 400 - #15
    • Residence - Las Vegas, NV

     

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    Nancy Walton Laurie

    Nancy inherited her wealth from James Walton, her father and one of the founders of Walmart. She and her husband have invested in sports teams, but by far the biggest source of her income comes directly from investments.

    • Net Worth - $4 billion
    • Source - Walmart inheritance
    • Billionaires Worldwide - #380
    • Billionaires in the United States - #133
    • Forbes 400 - #138
    • Residence - Henderson, NV

     

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    Steve Wynn

    Steve Wynn
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    Wynn Resorts develops, owns, and operates destination casino resorts. Holdings include the Wynn and Encore resort casinos in Las Vegas and Wynn Macau and Encore in Macau. Wynn's ex-wife, Elaine, was a partner in the process of building the empire -- and she is nearly as wealthy as he is (see below for details).

    • Net Worth - $2.6 billion
    • Source - Casinos, hotels
    • Billionaires Worldwide - #722
    • Forbes 400 - #260
    • Residence - Las Vegas, NV

     

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    Phillip Ruffin

    Phillip Ruffin
    Phillip Ruffin speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention in support of Donald Trump. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    As a shrewd businessman,Ruffin has made money in a variety of endeavors, including casinos, greyhound racing, oil, and real estate.

    • Net Worth - $2.5 billion
    • Source - Casinos, real estate
    • Billionaires Worldwide - #722
    • Billionaires Living in U.S. - #260
    • Forbes 400 - #279
    • Residence - Las Vegas, NV

     

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    Elaine Wynn

    Elaine Wynn
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    Former wife of Steve Wynn, she got a dandy divorce settlement which has blossomed into a very nice sum. She is still a director of Wynn Resorts.

    • Net Worth - $1.87 billion
    • Source - Hotels, casinos
    • Billionaires Worldwide - #1367
    • Billionaires Living in U.S. - #449
    • Forbes 400 - #261
    • Residence - Las Vegas, NV

     

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    Frank Fertitta

    Frank Fertitta
    Frank and Jill Fertitta. Denise Truscello/WireImage

    Fertitta has gotten rich from the Ultimate Fighting Championship martial arts league and is also an owner of Station Casino.

    • Net Worth - $1.96 billion
    • Source - Casinos, Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Billionaires Worldwide - #1275
    • Billionaires Living in U.S. - #423
    • Forbes 400 - #392
    • Residence - Las Vegas, NV

     

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    Lorenzo Fertitta

    Lorenzo Fertitta
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    Brother of Frank, this Fertitta has also gotten rich from the Ultimate Fighting Championship martial arts league and is an owner of Station Casino.

    • Net Worth - $1.94 billion
    • Source - Casinos, Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Billionaires Worldwide - #1275
    • Billionaires Living in U.S. - #423
    • Forbes 400 - #392
    • Residence - Las Vegas, NV