Adeus, Stanley Ho: master builder of modern Macau leaves own company a messBy Muhammad Cohen, ForbesJune 12, 2018 at 7:40 amAn era ends Tuesday. Stanley Ho steps down as chairman of Macau casino concession holder SJM Holdings, his last remaining post in a public company. Ho, 96, has reportedly not been active in business since falling at home in July 2009, leading to multiple brain surgeries. A larger than life figure who’s fathered 17 children by four women, Ho parlayed a 40 year Macau casino monopoly into a multibillion dollar empire, restoring relevance to Macau that had been absent for centuries, revolutionizing its links to the rest of the world with an international airport and high speed ferries. After Portugal left and Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn came to town and made him yesterday’s news, Ho got SJM back on top of the gaming heap. Macau might be a very different place if Ho had remained healthy, but his formal farewell, like his 2009 collapse, leaves SJM confused and incoherent.I witnessed one of Stanley Ho’s final public appearances in Macau before suffering an apparent stroke that essentially ended his business career. On June 3, 2009, Ho accepted the Asia Visionary Award at the Global Gaming Expo Asia. The ceremony at Venetian Macao represented a moment of personal and professional triumph for Ho, with family photos representing half of Macau’s six gaming operators.