Sol Kerzner was born in Troyeville, Johannesburg, the youngest of four children to Jewish Russian immigrants. His family started a hotel chain; after Kerzner graduated as a Chartered Accountant, he took over the running of the group and went on to create the most successful hotel group in South Africa, Sun International. His first five star hotel was Sun City which he sold and no longer has ownership of. He is now the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Kerzner International
As a result of the success of the Sun City resort with its Gary Player designed championship golf course, he got involved in international hotel, leisure and gambling resorts; most notable is his role as the innovative developer behind the well-known Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.
One of Kerzner's latest projects is a new Atlantis on the Palm in Dubai. Sol Kerzner's luxury management company, One&Only Resorts, also manages eight five-star luxury resorts in Cape Town, The Bahamas, Mexico, Mauritius, Dubai, The Maldives and Morocco.
He also developed and managed the Mohegan Sun casino located in Uncasville, Connecticut through a joint venture with the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut called Trading Cove Associates. TCA relinquished its management of the resort in 2002 but Kerzner through his company will still receive a 5% dividend on the gross revenue generated by Mohegan Sun until 2014.
During 1985, Kerzner's Sun City, South Africa resort was the topic of anti-Apartheid rock album titled Sun City by a group of rock musicians calling themselves Artists United Against Apartheid.
Sol's heir, Howard (Butch) Kerzner pictured here with his father in Johannesburg died on 11 October 2006 when the helicopter he was travelling in, crashed near Sosua, in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic.
Kerzner has been married four times and is currently married to Heather Kerzner née Murphy. During a lengthy period in the 1990s, he dated the model Christina Estrada, got engaged, but never married her. Instead, Sol married Heather Murphy, in 2000. From this marriage, he now has two stepchildren