Casino Mogul Steve Wynn's Midas Touch

60 Minutes: Charlie Rose Interviews The Man Who Helped Reinvent Las Vegas

The person who knows him best is his wife and business partner of 41 years, Elaine Wynn. And although the Wynns have filed for divorce, they say she will remain part of the business and on the board of directors.

"What is it that he has?" Rose asked Elaine Wynn.

"He brings a businessman's intelligence and awareness of what it takes to make a property successful, and yet he can put that on a side shelf and go crazy, making the most extraordinary environments. He understands innately what the public will respond to," she replied.

And he understands what the public will pay for.

Asked if the money matters a lot, Elaine Wynn told Rose, "It enables him to have a kind of freedom. There's rich freedom and poor freedom, you know. You can be a ski bum and a beach bum."

"That's poor freedom," Rose remarked.

"That's poor freedom," she replied. "Steve is, Steve likes…"

"Rich freedom!" both Elaine Wynn and Rose said simultaneously.

Wynn collects beautiful, often extravagant things - from great art, to big yachts, to the largest privately owned pear-shaped diamond.

In a cruel irony, this man who pursues beauty is losing his sight. He has a degenerative eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa.

"I was born with this recessive and rather rare condition that has diminished my vision since childhood. Night vision when I was very young, and then peripheral vision as you get older," he explained.

Because he's losing his peripheral vision, he often leans on people to guide him. He can see what's directly in front of him, but it's like looking through a tube and the circle keeps getting smaller.