News Columns & Blogs

Phil Ruffin's riches attract attention from book

ruffinWICHITA — Phil Ruffin may not be Wichita’s richest man, but he’s landed in a new book called “The Richest Man in Town.”

The book, by W. Randall Jones, says Ruffin wants his tombstone to say: “This is his last real estate deal.”

“My, god, that must have been five years ago,” Ruffin says of the interview he did for the book.

He wonders about Charles Koch, though. A quick check online (no one with the book’s publisher was available today) shows Koch may not be in the book, though his brother David and David’s wife, Julia, may be.

“Maybe Charlie’s lost some money,” Ruffin jokes. In reality, he says, “Charles Koch could put me in his pocket.”

Ruffin is busy making changes at his Treasure Island in Las Vegas. He’s going to open a new Gilley’s, which he used to have at his former New Frontier Hotel and Casino. The club is named after singer Mickey Gilley.

“It brings a lot of traffic in,” Ruffin says. “People still like country-western (music).”

He’s also bringing in a lounge act called Sirens and a Pan-Asian cuisine restaurant called Jade.

“We have a lot of things planned.”