In China, 500.com holds the largest online sports lottery market share in terms of purchase amount of sports lottery products. It was also among the first companies to provide online lottery services in China, and it is the only government approved private online lottery service provider. 500.com acts as an aggregator and processor of lottery purchase orders from its registered user accounts to sports lottery administration centers, and offers a comprehensive and integrated suite of online lottery services, information, user tools and virtual community venues to their users.
A life-long politician from a family of politicians, Abe was groomed to be prime minister from a young age. He achieved this ambition briefly in 2006-2007, and then much more successfully since December 2012. Abe is a rightwing conservative and an advocate for the construction of IRs in Japan.
Arguably the most powerful individual in the gaming industry, Adelson is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, largely credited with having developed the highly successful model of IR development based on MICE facilities. He is also a multi-billionaire who donates large sums of money to political campaigns in the United States and elsewhere.
In charge of the gaming operations of the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2001, Allen played a key role in the tribe's purchase of Hard Rock International in 2007. He has played the leadership role since that time.
After a career spent mainly in local government, Baya was first elected mayor of Rusutsu village in 2013. He was reelected in 2017.
Starting his career in banking, Biamonti joined Société des Bains de Mer as a Director in 1985 and rose to the position of Chairman a decade later. He became Chairman and CEO in 2013.
Bloomberry Resorts have made several statements of interest in expanding into the Japan IR market, but to date it is not clear that it has taken concrete action in that direction.
Starting his career as a lawyer, Bluhm rose to become a self-made billionaire through the real estate industry. He later entered gaming, becoming a leading operator and developer in North America. He and his family are heavily involved in philanthropy. He is a donor to the US Democratic Party and a noted art collector.
Bowers is MGM Resorts International's executive vice-president of global development and also has been CEO of MGM Resorts Japan since its establishment in 2014.
Butler joined the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council in 2004 and became its chairman in 2010. When Felix Rappaport, president and CEO of Foxwoods, suddenly died in June 2018, Butler was appointed interim CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino as well.
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Grandson of Noboru Tanioka, the founder of Osaka University of Commerce, Tanioka currently serves as both a professor and the president of the institution, which he has helped make into Japan's leading academic institution for gambling studies. He has published numerous studies about gambling and is one of the most visible academic commentators on the subject.
Nishikawa began as a bureaucrat in the internal affairs ministry, eventually becoming the Vice-Governor of Fukui in 1995 in that capacity. He retired from the ministry and successfully ran for governor in 2003. Within the national context, Nishikawa is known was one of the strongest local advocates of nuclear energy, even in the post-Fukushima era. Fukui Prefecture hosts the nation's largest concentration of nuclear power plants.
Hisatake Kamori took over Kamori Kanko as president in June 2018 after the 26-year tenure of his father, Kimihito Kamori. He is also the grandson of Katsuo Kamori, who founded the Hokkaido-based resort and leisure company in 1981. Hisatake Kamori has some education in the United States and spent more than eight years as managing director of the company's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Australia.
After spending four years as a member of the Nevada Assembly, Sandoval became the youngest ever chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commision in 1999. After stints as the attorney-general of the State of Nevada and as a federal judge, he returned to politics and was elected governor of Nevada in 2010. Immediately after stepping down after two terms in January 2019, Sandoval joined MGM.
Educated partly in the United States, Fukuda's political career was launched in 2003 when he was elected to the Kanagawa Prefectural Assembly. In 2013, he was elected to the post of Mayor of Kawasaki City.