In a one-hour The Profit special “The Profit: High Stakes,” investor Marcus Lemonis travels to Las Vegas, Nevada to see how the city works, not as a spectacle, but as a business. More than 40 million people spent $34 BILLION when they visited Vegas in 2017. With the cameras rolling, Lemonis goes behind the scenes at famously camera-shy landmarks including Caesars Palace. At the casino, Lemonis learns roulette and plays blackjack with veteran dealer Benny Figgins, and meets the city’s most successful Elvis tribute artist, Brendan Paul.
At the Graceland Wedding Chapel, one of the busiest Elvis-themed wedding chapels in the world, the Elvis lookalike Brendan Paul reveals that he was an art major at UCLA. After living with his parents for a few months, he decided to try his Elvis impersonation on the street in Vegas and made his living initially as a panhandler. That was the summer of 1995.
Twenty-three years later and Paul is living in a $1 million house in Vegas. Not all the Elvises in Vegas (there are approximately 300 Vegas Elvis impersonators) are living in such luxury but, as Paul says, he might not be the best Elvis impersonator but he’s the most successful. The Profit: High Stakes airs Tuesday, January 8 at 10 pm on CNBC.
Check out Brendan Paul on Oprah and performing at Ray Liotta’s wedding…