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1992 Inductee

Sol Kerzner

Sol Kerzner

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Sol Kerzner (b. 1935) is one of the foremost developers of casino resorts in the world.

Kerzner built his first hotel in Durban, South Africa, in 1964, and moved into the casino business in 1977 with a casino in Mmabatho, the capital of Bophuthatswana, a homeland the north of South Africa; though casinos were barred in South Africa, they were permitted in the "independent" homelands.

Two years later, he opened the Sun City casino and resort in Bophuthatswana, which had a full-service hotel and golf course; he continued to expand in over the next several years. In 1992, he added the $300 million Lost City resort complex.

In 1994, Kerzner relocated to the Caribbean, where he bought the former Resorts International casino from fellow Hall-of-Fame member Merv Griffin. Two years later, he bought Atlantic City's Resorts from Griffin. In 2001, Kerzner sold the Atlantic City casino to Colony Capital.

Kerzner made his impact elswhere, opening Atlantis on Paradise Island, which he called the world's first amphibious resort. He also helped to finance the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut.

More recent developments include a non-gaming Atlantis resort on the Palm, Dubai, and a string of non-gaming resorts under the One and Only brand.

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