As the legendary Stanley Ho takes a well-deserved retirement bow as Macau’s Casino King, we examine his extraordinary life. From nicknames to tap-dancing, we’ve got the low-down on Stanley Ho.

1. Ambition runs in the family

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Above Sir Robert Hotung, Stanley Ho's great uncle and one of the most influential businessmen in Hong Kong history (Photo: SCMP)

Stanley Ho’s penchant for wealth and success may well run in the family, as he is the grand-nephew of one of Hong Kong’s most influential businessmen and philanthropists’, Sir Robert Hotung, who, by the time of his death in 1956, had become one of the richest property owners in the country.

Stanley Ho’s own family has expanded rapidly over the past few years. As one of thirteen siblings—and with four wives and seventeen kids of his own—the Ho family reunions are known for being newsworthy events.

2. A man of many honours

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Above Photo: Courtesy of Forbes

Dr. Stanley Ho is no stranger to honours. Over the years he has gathered a series of notable titles and awards, such as an O.B.E and Great Cross of the Order of Prince Henrique (the highest honour the Portuguese government can bestow), but within Hong Kong and Macau, he has been unofficially dubbed as both ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The King of Gambling’.

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3. He founded the Sky Shuttle to Macau

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Above Photo: Courtesy of Macau Daily Times

Stanley Ho has always been known for his ambitious career, and his ideas have literally taken him to the skies. In early 1961, Stanley Ho released plans to establish the first ever helicopter route servicing passengers between Hong Kong and Macau—a route that is still growing strong, with over 42 flights per day.

4. He has a street named after him 

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Above Photo: Courtesy of Chapter 1.4

Not only has Stanley Ho been paving the way for Macau’s multi-billion dollar gambling industry, his name is literally on the streets. Located in the south of Macau, Avenida Doutor Stanley Ho is one of the city’s busiest avenues, renamed in his honour almost ten years ago in early 2008.

5. He's one of the world's richest men

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Above Photo: Business Insider

By the 1990’s, SJM Holdings’ taxes accounted for over half of Macau’s annual income, and in 2006 Macau’s casino revenue officially surpassed that of Las Vegas. All of this combined has catapulted him straight to Forbes’ list of the world’s richest men and women.

Currently, his net worth is estimated at a comfortable 2.5 Billion USD, and as of March 2018, his daughter Pansy Ho was listed as Hong Kong's richest woman.

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6. His daughter is next in line