South Point’s Michael Gaughan still going strong
Few, if any, have held a gaming license in Nevada for longer than Gaughan. He’s built and owned some of the more recognizable properties in the Las Vegas Valley including the Barbary Coast (now The Cromwell), Gold Coast, Suncoast, The Orleans and South Point.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1943, Gaughan moved to Las Vegas in 1952 and later graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 1961. He is the son of the late casino owner Jackie Gaughan, who owned the El Cortez and ownership stakes in many other properties.
Michael Gaughan merged his Coast Casinos company with Boyd Gaming Corp. in 2004, before splitting off from the company in 2006.