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Tony Hsieh left lasting marks on retail, Las Vegas

Tony Hsieh, who built Zappos into a major online footwear platform before selling to Amazon in 2009 for $1.2 billion, has died at age 46 due to injuries sustained in a house fire. Hsieh, who is credited with proving the viability of online shoe selling and creating a service-focused model that others followed, invested part of his proceeds from the Amazon sale in an ambitious project to revitalize downtown Las Vegas.

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