"Tony Hsieh: The Rise, the Fall, the Future" full series can be found here, as well the latest developments in the investigation of Tony Hsieh's death and interviews from influential people who knew Hsieh.
From the future to downtown Las Vegas to the lasting impact he had on the city, 13 Action News spent countless hours investigating the life, death and legacy of Tony Hsieh.
More claims have been filed against the estate of former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. They now total more than $93 million. READ MORE
TONY HSIEH: THE RISE, THE FALL, THE FUTURE
Tony Hsieh was a shoe mogul who left a giant footprint in downtown Las Vegas. The rise of the visionary shaped that area for decades to come. Hsieh made a fortune by defying what "normal" is. In fact, he encouraged people to embrace their inner weirdness and spread happiness to others.
Hsieh abruptly and quietly left Zappos around August of 2020 and set his sights on a new adventure in a quiet ski town about 30 minutes outside of Salt Lake City.
Some say the "retired" shoe mogul was trying to duplicate what he envisioned for Las Vegas in the snow-covered ski slopes in Utah. His time there was marked by home-buying, wild parties, law enforcement interventions and a growing concern about his mental health, according to documents.
PART 3 | Mystery surrounds deadly fire
The final moments and what was going on in the mind of the Las Vegas visionary will likely never be known, leaving investigators to piece together what they found at the fire scene in New London, Conn. According to the reports, it is possible that Hsieh’s carelessness or intentional acts may have started the fire in the shed where he was found.
13 Action News Investigative Reporter Joe Bartels uses 9-1-1 calls, body camera footage and other records to present a timeline of that day and what investigators know so far.
Hsieh delivered on a vision to change downtown Las Vegas. He backed projects that altered its trajectory for decades to come, and he purchased hundreds of properties in the area. But now that he's gone, many are wondering what happens next?
13 Investigates Reporter Joe Bartels spent months digging into the life and death of Tony Hsieh, a multi-millionaire tech mogul who, for a time, lived in an Airstream trailer and reportedly owned just four pairs of shoes. Hsieh was different. Joe talks about some of the most interesting things he learned during the creation of "Tony Hsieh: The Rise, the Fall, the Future."
13 Action News spoke to the former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh in 2011 about his plans to move Zappos to the former Las Vegas City Hall. He discussed his plans to turn the downtown headquarters into a "Disneyland" for his employees and his vision for downtown Las Vegas.
Derek Stevens, the owner of The D and Circa hotel-casinos, is a longtime investor in downtown Las Vegas. Stevens talks about life downtown before Fremont East became a go-to spot for entertainment, and recalls the "domino effect" that Hsieh started after he brought Zappos headquarters into the neighborhood.
Former casino executive Kip Kelly explores what Hsieh brought to the downtown area that opened it up from "a niche" spot for "discounted dining and gaming" to an art and culture hub with an annual music festival.
"He brought some culture, he brought some vibe, he brought some color and he brought some cool."
Las Vegas entertainer Dave Perrico describes a visit he had to Tony Hsieh's Park City mansion in August of 2020.
After Tony Hsieh retired as CEO of Zappos in August 2020, he moved to Park City, Utah, the site of the Sundance Film Festival, and bought multiple properties. Although Hsieh never articulated his vision for Park City publicly, many of the people who knew him say he hoped to recreate part of what he created in Las Vegas.
In 2012 Hsieh launched a side company called Downtown Project, now known as DTP. The purpose of the company was to invest $350 million of Hsieh’s money into real estate, restaurants, tech startups and other ventures in the Fremont Street area near the former city hall. DTP was also responsible for the creation of the Life is Beautiful.
Carolyn Wheeler, executive director for the Downtown Vegas Alliance, talks about the future of downtown Las Vegas without Tony, including things that Derek Stevens, Elon Musk, developer Sam Cherry and others are doing.
Map of downtown properties owned by Tony Hsieh
Click here for a map of the 100+ properties that were owned by Tony Hsieh at the time of his death.
- March 8: Notices of sale filed for Tony Hsieh's Park City properties
- March 5: Claims against Tony Hsieh's estate now total more than $93 million
- March 4: Fire investigators release 150 scene photos connected to Tony Hsieh's death
- March 3: New lawsuits filed in connection to Tony Hsieh's estate
- Feb. 24: Lawsuits filed against former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s estate
- Feb. 19: Preparations for possible sale of Tony Hsieh’s properties in Las Vegas
- Jan. 30: New mural of Tony Hsieh in downtown Las Vegas
- Jan. 26: Report reveals events prior to death of former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh
- Dec. 4: Crossroads Recovery CEO says he reached out to Tony Hsieh before death
- Dec. 4: Artist Jewel says she ‘lost a dear friend Tony Hsieh’
- Dec. 3: Judge awards Tony Hsieh’s father, brother administrative duties over massive wealth, estate
- Dec. 3: Tony Hsieh’s family ‘grateful for outpouring of love and respect’
- Dec. 2: Tony Hsieh’s family checking on ex-Zappos CEO estate plan
- Dec 1: Mystery continues to looms over death of Tony Hsieh
- Dec. 1: City of Las Vegas, DTP Companies & Zappos join efforts to honor Tony Hsieh
- Nov. 30: Cause of death released for former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh
- Nov. 30: Petition to rename downtown street in honor of Tony Hsieh
- Nov. 28: Fremont Street honors Tony Hsieh with Viva Vision show
- Nov. 27: Nevada leaders, others react for former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s death
- Nov. 2: Tony Hsieh, former Zappos CEO, passes away at 46
- Sept. 9: Zappos denies layoff rumors, may offer buyouts similar to those offered in 2015
- Aug. 24: Tony Hsieh out as COE of shoe and clothing giant Zappos