NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Chinese gaming tycoon Stanley Ho has built a vast empire in Macau. Now, after more than four decades as the "Godfather" of Chinese gambling, Ho, is taking a back seat. On Monday, almost all of Ho's entire 31.655% interest in the parent company of SJM Holdings, Sociedade de Turismo e Diversees de Macau, was transferred to Lanceford Co., a group owned by several of his family members. This leaves Ho with just 100 shares of SDTM, which holds a 56% stake in SJM. SJM said that the transfer of shares will not result in a shift in management or strategic direction. An open polygamist, Ho, 89, has had four wives who have borne him 17 children. As his kingdom is offloaded to these wives and children, it once again raises speculation of who will succeed Ho, who last year was hospitalized for several months due to an undisclosed health issue. Lanceford, STDM's largest shareholder, is controlled by Ho's third wife, Chan Unchan, and children of his second wife, Lucina Ho. Unchan holds s 50.55% stake in Lanceford, while his children Pansy, Maisy, Josie and Lawrence, hold the remaining 49.45%. In December, Stanley Ho previously transferred a 7.7% direct stake in SJM to his fourth wife, Angela Leong, who later that month was appointed managing director of STDM. But Ho's transfer of power hasn't been all friendly. On Tuesday shares of SJM were halted on the Hong Kong stock exchange as Stanley Ho accused his family of stealing shares of his business and leaving him with "almost nothing." According to reports, Ho's lawyer said he did not consent the transfer of shares to family members that was announced on Monday. But Ho confirmed on Television Broadcast that issues have been resolved. "My families and I are very happy we have made the decision," he said during the interview. "I have been really unhappy recently because of the disputes, my family members were unhappy as well. I love my families very much." Ho's monopoly in Macau spanned 40 years. During that time, he developed the 18-property casino giant SJM, which includes the flagship Grand Lisboa, a 500-room resort that was built in the shape of a lotus flower, as well as several slot machine lounges. Ho also founded Shun Tak Holdings, which owned high-speed jetfoils that ferried passengers between Hong Kong and Macau. He is also credited with launching the first soccer and baseball lotteries in Macau. Ho's dominance has also been met with controversy, as the gaming mogul has allegedly been linked with Chinese organized crime. In 2002, Ho's monopoly was broken when outside competitors like Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) and Wynn Resorts ( WYNN)were awarded licenses to develop in Macau.