67. Mark Macarro
It’s been a very, very busy year for tribal leader Mark Macarro and it’s going to get a lot busier – and more expensive. Macarro is the long-time Chair of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, and is a key backer of Proposition 26, the November ballot initiative that allows tribes to conduct sports wagering, roulette and dice games, and allows on-site sports wagering at four race tracks. But a rival initiative, Proposition 27, backed by international gaming conglomerates, proposes online sports wagering, setting up a multimillion-dollar campaign spending showdown in November. Macarro, who has been Pechanga Chairman for 27 years, is no stranger to political fights over gambling, which have consumed much of the past decade. Thus far, he and his allies have emerged on top. Macarro grew up in Colton and has a B.A. in political science from UC Santa Barbara. His father, Leslie Macarro, was a Pechanga tribal member and a correctional peace officer killed in the line of duty in 1988; His great-grandfather, Juan Macarro, served as tribal chairman for Pechanga Band during the first decade of the 1900s.
Updated Aug. 9, 2022