Don Laughlin
Don Laughlin
Celebrated Name: Don Laughlin
Real Name/Full Name: Donald Joseph Laughlin
Gender: Male
Age: 93 years old
Birth Date: May 4, 1931
Birth Place: Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.7m
Weight: 60 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Elizabeth Laughlin
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Dan Laughlin, Ron Laughlin, and Erin Laughlin)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Don Laughlin Gay?: No
Profession: Gambling Entrepreneur
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $1 Billion
Last Updated: May 2024

Over the ages, many have ventured into the world of money-making. Yet a few have been able to attain the fortunes they have been looking for. In the risky and dynamic world of business, only a few can make a mark with their work. Don Laughlin happens to be one of the most famous gambling entrepreneurs in America. He does share a mind-boggling story of rising from rags to riches and inspires most of the youth to explore their dreams.

Maybe you know about Don Laughlin very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Don Laughlin’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Donald “Don” Joseph Laughlin was born on May 4, 1931, in Owatonna, Minnesota. He is infamous for being a gambling entrepreneur and hotelier from Nevada. As a native resident of Owatonna, Don worked during the winters as a young man as a fur trapper. He then used his income to buy slot machines that he could install in the hunting lodges.

His idea got him $500 every week, and that raised certain questions among those around him. He received a warning from his principal that he must either give up school or his side business of slot machines. Don on realizing that he was anyway making thrice of what the principal earns decided to drop out.

Personal Life

For someone of his status, it is quite unusual to keep the details of one’s personal life so discrete. Don is married to Elizabeth, and they have three children, which include their two sons Dan and Ron, and their daughter Erin. Apart from this, not much can be stated regarding the personal life of the billionaire businessman Don Laughlin.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on May 4 1931, Don Laughlin is 93 years old as of today’s date 25th May 2024. His height is 1.7m tall, and his weight is 60 kg.


In the late ’50s, Don shifter to Las Vegas, Nevada, and bought his first casino named “101 Club”. Later in 1964, Don had sold the 101 Club. During this time, he had acquired enough wealth to be flying across the California Arizona Nevada tri-state area. After the construction of the Davis Dam in 1951, Bullhead City and Kingman in Arizona and Needles in California witnessed large masses settling in those regions.

Don used this opportunity to establish a destination resort as it was also a stop on the Route 66 freeway. He purchased an eight-room shuttered motel on 6.5 acres for $250,000. The landowner sold it to Don despite having several offers because of Don’s background in the casino business. Within two years of opening, the resort was welcoming guests who came looking for gambling opportunities as well as travelers.

The resort had twelve slot machines and two lie gambling tables. Only four rooms were available since the rest four were occupied by Don’s family. The property is now famous as the Riverside Resort and Casino. It underwent a major expansion in 1972, with 48 new rooms being added and again in 1975, where 52 new rooms were added along with a fourteen-story tower with 307 rooms and an automotive museum were added to the resort.

After it was an expansion in 1994, currently, the resort holds 1405 rooms and a bowling center being added to the resorts facilities recently. Don also played a crucial role in financing the construction for the bridge at the northern tip of Laughlin over the Colorado River and the Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport.

Awards & Achievements

Although he doesn’t hold any awards or titles to his name, his life’s work speaks for itself. It takes sheer dedication and effort to establish such a large business in the modern-day. Yet even when something of this sort would seem to be impossible, Don made his mark by his era-defining work.

Net Worth & Salary of Don Laughlin in 2024

Don Laughlin Net Worth
Don Laughlin Net Worth

Although Don’s salary isn’t known yet, as of 2024, he is said to have a net worth of $1 billion. Don still is known to maintain various other sources of income.

Don serves as the role model of many young men who have the urge to venture out in the world of money-making. Perhaps the reason we look up to him for inspiration is that he has proved that success purely is an outcome of your efforts and not passed down over from one man to another.


  1. Mr Laughlin had (perhaps still has) a long time girlfriend named Teri Daniels. Everyone was aware of their relationship. This was late 60s until ? Teri had 2 children, a Daughter and a son named Danny Daniels. They resided in Bullhead City, just a splash away from Laughlin NV.

    Also, you did not mention Dons partnership in the River Queen Resort Motel, with then Dr. Lindsay, on the Bullhead City side of the river, across from the Riverside Casino.


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