Meet the casino billionaire behind The Venetian and Marina Bay Sands, who's worth $37 billion, lives in a Vegas mansion, and has donated more than $25 million to Trump
Sunday 16th February 2020
You may not have heard of Sheldon Adelson, but you've probably heard of some of his world-famous properties: the Venetian and the Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas, or perhaps the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore made famous by "Crazy Rich Asians."
Adelson is the billionaire chairman and majority shareholder of the world's largest casino operator, Las Vegas Sands. His company operates the Venetian in Las Vegas and the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, among others.
He's also given millions of dollars in political contributions to high-profile Republican politicians. Adelson gave at least $17 million in political contributions to Newt Gingrich during his 2012 presidential campaign, according to The New York Times. And Adelson has made at least $25 million in political contributions to Trump, earning him the nickname "Trump's Patron-in-Chief."
In 2020, the Adelsons plan to donate at least $100 million to Trump's reelection campaign and other Republican candidates, according to The Guardian.
Adelson and his wife, Miriam, reportedly live in a Las Vegas megamansion, own a 300-foot superyacht, and travel in a 380-passenger private jet.
Here's a look at the Las Vegas billionaire's life, career, and wealth.