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The Gaming Hall of Fame

1997 Inductee

Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson

Industry Leader


Charles Mathewson (b. 1930?) was leader of one of the world's most successful gaming companies, overseeing a dramatic period of growth and innovation.

Mathewson found success as a broker and, in the early 1980s, began investing in International Game Technology, a Nevada slot machine manufacturer. He slowly began to increase his involvement with the company, becoming a director in 1985. The following year, IGT founder Si Redd asked Mathewson to chair the company's board, and Mathewson obliged.

Under his leadership, IGT became an industry pioneer in several fields, including wide area progressives, microprocessor-driven reel slots, and continued its innovation in video poker. Creating popular slot themes like Double Diamonds and Red, White, and Blue and licensing existing brands such as Wheel of Fortune, Mathewson helped make IGT the slot industry leader.

In 2000, Mathewson stepped down as chief executive officer, and in 2003 he retired as chairman of the board, but his legacy with the company, guaranteed by years of success, remains secure.

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