Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
The Las Vegas Strip would not be what it is today without Elaine Wynn. She and her former husband Steve Wynn co-founded and led the Mirage Resorts there in 1976, and Wynn was inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame in 1999 for her work.
She and her husband then opened Wynn Resorts, which operates a group of luxury resorts and casinos (including the top-rated resort in the world) in Las Vegas. Wynn served as the director of these resorts, expanding them beyond Las Vegas to Macau, and they made her a billionaire.
Wynn hasn’t just opened gaming resorts in Las Vegas, she has also has given a lot back to her community, founding both a Hospice program and The Elaine Wynn Studio for Arts Education there.
As an adviser on several Education-related committees in her home state of Nevada, Wynn has led the way to improving the lives of children through education. The project she has contributed most to over the last 20 years as a board member is Communities in Schools (CIS), an organization that helps at-risk children stay in school instead of dropping out.
CIS helps 1.5 million children each year in more than 2,400 schools, supporting them with everything they need to stay in school. In 2008, Wynn helped establish and fund a $25 million endowment for the organization, and in 2013 she gave them $5 million. Wynn is also a strong supporter of the arts, acting as a board member for both the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.