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No hotel in Las Vegas is named for Kirk Kerkorian. He’s not known for any innovation in the automobile industry, and he regularly turned down invitations to high-profile Hollywood events — even the Academy Awards.

But Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who for a time was the richest person in L.A., shook up the casino, auto and movie industries in turn, making a fortune not by inventing or innovating, but by knowing a good deal when he saw one.

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Los Angeles Times