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The Gaming Hall of Fame

2005 Inductee

Larry Ruvo

Larry Ruvo

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Larry Ruvo (b. 1946)

Raised in Las Vegas, Larry Ruvo is a senior distribution executive with a unique perspective on the complexities and demands of the hospitality and gaming business in Nevada. After working at both the Sahara Hotel and Caesars Palace Hotel during his early years in the industry, Ruvo opened the Frontier Hotel as a night manager, becoming the youngest manager at the time to oversee all hotel operations.

His focus on the wine business began in 1970 when Ruvo partnered with Steve Wynn to open a Las Vegas wine and spirits distribution company. In 1976, he joined forces with Harvey Chaplin, who bought his company, forming Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. Serving as senior managing director of the organization since 1969, Ruvo has guided Southern Wine and Spirits to become Nevada’s largest wholesale liquor, wine and beer importer and distributor. A board member of the AGA, Ruvo also is well known in the Las Vegas community for his longtime support of numerous charitable organizations, many of which deal with education and children.

He also is heavily involved in the Alzheimer’s Association, both locally and nationally, serving as fundraising chairman for Alzheimer's research and as a board member of the Las Vegas Alzheimer's Association. Ruvo’s community service has led to several accolades, including the Governor’s Philanthropist of the Year Award and the UNLV President’s Medal. In 2004, Ruvo’s professional leadership earned him the title of one of the Most Influential Businessmen of Southern Nevada, and in 2005, he joined the Vegas Dozen.


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