|Born||December 27, 1908
|Died||August 27, 1965(aged 56)|
Wilbur Clark (December 27, 1908 - August 27, 1965) was an American casino owner and land developer from Las Vegas, Nevada.
He purchased El Rancho Vegas in 1944. A year later, in 1945, he purchased Monte Carlo Club. In 1946, he sold El Rancho Vegas. With that money, he built the Desert Inn casino in 1947. However, he quickly sold most of his interest to businessman Moe Dalitz, owning only 17.5%. Another business partner was Hank Greenspun, the publisher of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. He remained the public face of the Desert Inn. In the 1950s, he organized the Tournament of Champions, an annual golf tournament at the Desert Inn Golf Course shown on televised by NBC. He sold his share in 1964.
Later, he developed Wilbur Clark’s Paradise Gardens, located at 4505 South Maryland Parkway, south of the Thomas & Mack Center. He also donated the land on which Guardian Angel Cathedral was built.
He married Toni Clark, born Lena Gaglionese, in 1944. She became a philanthropist and fashion icon, supporting the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and Nevada Ballet Theatre and being named on the 10 Best Dressed Women in America list by the Fashion Foundation of America in 1958. She died in 2006.
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Guide to the Wilbur and Toni Clark Collection
- Caitlyn Belcher, Desert Inn Road named for one of valley’s biggest supporters, Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 30, 2014
- Las Vegas loses its ‘first lady’, Las Vegas Sun, October 06, 2006
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