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# 253 Johann Graf $6.76B

Random fact: Said gambling is as dangerous as smoking and alcohol.

Overview

Graf is the owner of Novomatic Group, Europe's largest gaming technology group. The Gumpoldskirchen, Austria-based company employs about 30,000 staff and has more than 255,000 slot-machines in use. The closely held business operates in about 50 countries and exports machines to about 20 more.

As of :
Last change -$47.4M ( -0.7%)
YTD change +$920M ( +15.8%)
Industry Entertainment
Biggest asset Novomatic
Citizenship Austria
Age 72
Wealth Self-made
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The majority of Graf's fortune is derived from his ownership of Novomatic, Europe's largest gaming technology group, according to an April 2019 press release from the company. The Gumpoldskirchen, Austria-based group had revenue of 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion) in 2018, according to its website. It has 255,000 slot machines, 30,000 staff, operates in 50 countries and exports to about 70, according to the site. Graf owns all of Novomatic, according to the Orbis company database.

Novomatic group comprises Novomatic AG, ACE Casino Holding and Gryphon Invest. It's valued as a whole using group revenue, Ebitda, and the average enterprise value-to-Ebitda and enterprise value-to-sales multiples of three peer companies: International Game Technology, Ainsworth Game Technology and Scientific Games.

The valuation was updated on May 29, 2019 to reflect 2018 financial results. The inclusion of a lower net debt figure led to an increase in the net worth calculation of about $600 million.

The value of his cash investments is based on an analysis of taxes, dividends and market performance.

Biography

Birthdate: 1/3/1947
Family: Divorced, 3 children

Graf was born into a family of meat butchers in 1947, and grew up with his grandparents in Perchtoldsorf, Austria. At age 23, he was named Austria's youngest-ever master butcher by the country’s meat industry, and left the family business to begin importing pinball machines from Belgium in 1974. He started Novomatic six years later, developing new types of slot machines by taking advantage of the gambling industry's transition to electronic gaming.

Working from the company's headquarters in the Austrian wine-producing village of Gumpoldskirchen, Graf expanded his gambling business throughout Western Europe over the course of the next three decades. He has built or developed about 20 casinos, 1,500 slot arcades and more than 450 casino, online and mobile gambling games.

The billionaire was picked as Austria’s "Man of the Year" by Trend magazine in 2008. He's divorced, a father of three children, and has a collection of about 125 vintage cars.

Milestones
  • 1949 Johann Graf is born in Vienna, Austria.
  • 1974 Starts importing pinball machines from Belgium to Austria.
  • 1980 Founds gambling company Novomatic in Gumpoldskirchen, Austria.
  • 1988 Expands business to South Africa, his first venture outside Europe.
  • 1989 Opens first casino in Montreux, Switzerland.
  • 2003 Made an honorary professor by the Austrian Ministry of Science.
  • 2008 Picked as Austria’s “Man of the Year” by Trend magazine.
  • 2009 Said gambling is “quite dangerous" in last public interview.
  • 2015 Unveils largest game show booth in the world at ICE Totally Gaming.