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Craig H. Neilsen

Craig H. NeilsenAKA Craig Hart Neilsen

Born: 1941
Birthplace: Logan, UT
Died: 19-Nov-2006
Location of death: Las Vegas, NV
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Philanthropist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Ameristar Casinos

Neilsen inherited his interest in Cactus Jack's upon the death of his father Ray in 1971, managing to acquire complete ownership in 1985. That November he was made quadriplegic in an automobile accident. Neilsen took the company public in 1993 as Ameristar, and owned 55% of its stock at the time of his death. The stock will go to the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, to investigate spinal cord injury.

Father: Ray L. Neilsen
Mother: Gwen Neilsen
Son: Ray
Daughter: Jaime (stepdaughter)
Daughter: Amanda (stepdaughter)

    High School: Twin Falls High School, Twin Falls, ID (1959)
    University: Utah State University
    University: MBA, University of Utah (1964)
    Law School: JD, University of Utah (1967)

    Ameristar Casinos CEO, Major Shareholder (-2006)
    American Gaming Association Board
    Friends for Harry Reid
    Gaming Hall of Fame 2005
    Paralyzed (Nov-1985)

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