何鸿燊, Stanley Ho, is the uncrowned king of Macau’s casino empire. Macau, you ask? Oh, just a little Chinese autonomous territory close to Hong Kong with a gambling revenue seven times that of Las Vegas!
Ho showed up in Macau in 1942, allegedly with just 10 dollars in his pocket. Getting a state-granted casino monopoly until 2002, he built a gigantic business empire. He became known as a “red capitalist”, and came to play an important role in the handover of Macau from Portugal to China in 1999.
Ho has never gambled himself, but his love story is as rich as his career: With four wives (yes, simultaneous - just don’t ask) and 17 kids, there are plenty of people who regularly appear in Chinese tabloids with more or less outrageous claims to his money. 96 years old, he shakes his head from his wheelchair while they squabble.
Lucky at cards, lucky in love. Baidu Baike