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Anschutz makes a bang with his bucks

Businessman's local assets include The Broadmoor, Xanterra Parks & Recreation and more


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PHILLIP     ANSCHUTZ,77

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With an estimated net worth north of $10 billion, Anschutz has had a hand in just about every major industry in Colorado, from railroads to agriculture to music to tourism, since he bought out his father's oil drilling company in 1961.

Notoriously press-shy — he's only granted three interviews since 1979 — Anschutz has stepped away from the boards of Regal Cinemas and Union Pacific and focused on his investments in everything from the L.A. Lakers to wind farms in Wyoming. In Colorado, he owns The Broadmoor, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Anschutz Entertainment Group and The Gazette, the state's second-largest newspaper.

But perhaps his biggest recent impact in the state has been donating $100 million to build the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, named the Anschutz Medical Campus in his honor.

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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