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Stanley Ho, who turned Macao into gambling destination, dies at 98

Tycoon leaves behind sprawling business interests to his 17 children

The Hong Kong-born Ho, pictured here in 2006, had four wives and 17 children, and dealt with a huge legal battle within the family over his fortune.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Stanley Ho, the businessman who first put Macao on the map as a destination for international gamblers, has died at the age of 98.

"Although we knew the day will come, it does not ease our sorrow," daughter Pansy Ho, surrounded by family, told reporters in front of Hong Kong Sanitorium & Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

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