Jim Ritchie

Jim followed graduation from OSU with a Law degree from Tulsa University. It was in Tulsa that he met his wife, Patty. They had two sons and one daughter. The youngest, Alexander, is a Sigma Chi.

Jim’s career began working for the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Division in Detroit. From there he headed up the Justice Department Strike Force in San Francisco. Next, he served the Nixon administration focusing on Gaming in America. That led him to his own practice in D.C. where he represented Las Vegas casinos as a lobbyist. From that experience, he met Steve Wynn and became Executive Vice President of Wynn Hotels. One duty was directing the creation of Treasure Island, The Mirage, and Bellagio.

Along the way, he rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army Reserves, awarded the Significant Sig medal, and was a member of The Bohemian Grove and Rancheros Visitadores.

The latter part of his life was spent in Europe and the U.S. doing capital investment ventures.

Jim had a brain hemorrhage on a flight from Frankfort to Dulles in December of 2008. He passed away in Las Vegas 10 days later. Patty passed away in 2019. They are both buried in Arlington National Cemetery.