Best Las Vegas Role Model

Andre Agassi



Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Wait: Don’t stop us, because we all need to hear it again. Andre Agassi—a tennis player once known for showboating, emotional impetuousness and an unseemly emphasis on image (blame Canon’s admen for that last bit)—is our city’s best role model. Maybe the best ever. He endured a bruising, stage-managed childhood, bewildering early success and a humiliating downfall to return to championship form—not only as an athlete, but as a deeply reflective individual. Just as importantly, he realized upon his retirement that his city—mired in seemingly permanent educational mediocrity—needed him. He founded the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, which has educated thousands of underserved K-12 kids since 2001, and the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which has raised $177 million for educational enrichment and reform. This year, he brought a lighter touch to making our city a better place to grow up: As a key investor in the new Wet ’n’ Wild Las Vegas, he helped revive a summer tradition that once cooled off many a scorching summer for kids of his own generation.

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.



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