Gary Primm

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Gary Primm
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Gary Primm is a casino developer and former chairman, chief executive of Primm Valley Resorts & Primadonna Resorts Inc.

Gary Primm grew up in San Marino, California. His father, Ernest Jay Primm, was a well known developer of casinos in the early development days of Los Angeles, California.[1]

In the mid-1970s, a young Gary Primm developed the Primadonna Casino in Primm, Nevada. The Primm, Nevada is named after Gary Primm's father Ernest Primm who had bought the 400 acres (160 ha) at the state border for only $12,000 in 1951. Gary Primm took over the family business in 1981, after the passing of his father.

New York New York[edit]

Gary Primm and his friend Kirk Kerkorian in 1997 also developed the New York, New York resort and casino, in Las Vegas.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Gary is a genuine Big Game Hunter, with over 12 safari trips to Africa and in addition he is known as an avid car collector, owning the Bonnie and Clyde "Death Car" for many years on display in the lobby of the Primm Valley hotels.


Gary Primm lived in Newport Beach on Linda Isle, Newport Beach, California, up to 1980 when he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada full-time. A home that Primm had built in Las Vegas, with a slew of security accommodations was once used by Michael Jackson, and in early 2010 was sold to a private buyer. The home was said to have been loaded with secret tunnels, bulletproof doors, and a panic room/indoor shooting range.

Gary is currently a resident of Corona Del Mar, in Newport Beach California.


Gary Primm (known as just "Primm" to his friends) is also well known around Newport Beach and was involved in a dispute regarding his 145-foot power yacht the "Prima Donna". The $17 million motor yacht is kept in Newport Beach and was for a period of time the subject of a dispute regarding the taxes the city felt it was due from the owner, Mr. Primm. The dispute was settled by the Orange County Tax Assesor's office which ruled that the yacht was not in the slip in Orange County enough days per year to warrant the collection of taxes.[3][4]