Macau gambling king Stanley Ho dies aged 98
Macau gambling king Stanley Ho dies aged 98

Macau gambling king Stanley Ho dies aged 98

  • Ho, one of Asia’s richest men, was known as the “king of gambling”.
  • He was the head of one of the world’s most lucrative gaming businesses, SJM Holdings, valued at about $6bn (£4.9bn).
  • “My father has passed away peacefully just now at around 1pm at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital,” Ho’s daughter Pansy told reporters.”As Stanley Ho’s family member, we are really sad to inform you of this.”
  • Ho dominated the casino business in the former Portuguese colony of Macau after winning a government monopoly licence in the 1960s.
  • As his fortune grew, he expanded beyond Macau, building residential and office buildings in Hong Kong as well as operating casinos in other countries, including Portugal and North Korea.
  • His personal fortune was estimated at $6.4bn when he retired in 2018 just months before his 97th birthday.
  • SJM Holdings flourished as the opening up of China’s economy created a flood of new wealth in a country with a love of gambling. SJM now controls 20 casinos on Macau.
  • Ho had four wives and 17 known children. He was forced to restructure his business after a legal battle erupted within the family in 2012 over his fortune.
  • It’s impossible to overestimate the influence Stanley Ho had in Macau and Hong Kong. He had a say in choosing the leadership of both territories, and China’s state media has mourned him today as “a patriotic entrepreneur”
  • Ho’s fortunes were tightly linked the growth of Macau from a small fishing town to a wealth gambling centre. As he developed his gambling business there, he even built the enclave’s connection with the outside world.
  • His high speed ferries or helicopters were the quickest way to travel between Macau and Hong Kong in the early days, until the arrival of the Las Vegas giants, and later the opening of the mega Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
  • His life was not without controversies, but to many ordinary people, it was more about the inspiration of dreaming big, and getting rich.
  • The “King of Gambling” has now died, but many in the business world will still seek his wisdom from the poker table as they chase their own success.

About Macau –

  • Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of cultural influences. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname, “Las Vegas of Asia.” One of its more striking landmarks is the tall Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.
  • Chief Executive- Ho Iat Seng
  • President of Legislative Assembly- Kou Hoi In

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