By: Chief Dealer
Throughout the history of the gaming industry, including, of course, the world of POKER, there have been fortunes lost and fortunes gained. Many poker players have built fortunes that most of us can only dream about.
In the latest Forbes annual list of the world’s wealthiest people you will find a few individuals who have amassed some mind-boggling fortunes directly from the gaming industry and some, more specifically, from poker-related biz.
Topping this list is the Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands, Sheldon Adelson, coming in at 13th wealthiest in the USA, and 18th world-wide with a net worth of $38 billion.
Lui Che-woo, owner of a series of Asian-based casinos including the StarWorld Macau and the Galaxy Macau. Che-woo has amassed somewhere around $11 billion and made the list at number 82 in the world.
Mark Scheinberg made a fortune directly from poker, to be exact, from online poker. Scheinberg, together with his father Isai Scheinberg, founded PokerStars and after selling it along with his holdings of Full Tilt Poker, now has a net worth of $4.1 billion and he is only 41 years old. Scheinberg made this year’s Forbes list at number 405 in the world.
Guy Laliberté, the creator of Cirque du Soleil, made the list at 1,006th place world-wide. Laliberté is the founder of the One Drop Foundation. The foundation raises money to help provide access to clean water around the world at the World Series of Poker through the million dollar buy-in One Drop Tournament.
We cannot ignore poker players who have made sizable fortunes that, although not getting them into Forbes, certainly qualifies them as hard to ignore holders of poker wealth. Here is a quick list of these players:
Sam Farha, the well-known professional poker player, has an estimated net worth of $100 million. Phillip Ivey is a poker player with a net worth of $100 million. Dan Bilzerian, poker player and film actor, has an estimated net worth of $100 million.
We cannot possibly name all the players who have raked in millions of dollars at the poker tables, but no one can ignore the vast amounts of dollars within the Poker and Gaming Industries.