No 10: Net Worth – $3 billion
Born in 1944, Manual Lao Hernandez is the biggest operator of casino and bingo halls in Spain.
He is the founder and Managing Director of Cirsa Gaming Corporation, the company under which name he runs his gaming business empire. The company was founded in 1978.
Cirsa has it headquarters in the Catalonian city of Terrassa, a city not far from Vardelonia and from there he controls 152 casinos, 64 bingo halls, more than 41,000 recreational machines, 300 plus lottery terminals and over 2000. Sport betting shops that scattered more than 15 countries in Europe and Latin America.
Mr. Manuel Lao Hernandez is a native of Almeria but a resident of Matadepera both in Spain.
With net worth of $3.1billion, he is the number 10 billionaire casino owner in the world. With that he is the seventh richest Spanish and 766 richest person in the world according to Forbes billionaire list.
In 2016 at a time when things were not so well for Chalton Athletic Football Club, it was rumours that he was in discussion with the club management for possible take over.