Monday, 2 April 2012

14. Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson

Net Worth
$24.9 B As of March 201
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 78
  • Source of Wealth: casinos, self-made
  • Residence: Las Vegas, NV
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Drop Out, City College of New York
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 5
Forbes Lists
 
Profile:
The casino king Sheldon Adelson upended the U.S. political stage early this year, contributing tens of millions of dollars to Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. "I might give $10 million or $100 million to Gingrich," he told Forbes. Adelson can afford to throw his weight around: His fortune is up $21.5 billion in the past three years, more than any other American. Shares of his Las Vegas Sands jumped 3,700% from their recession lows and are nearly double that of his rivals Wynn and MGM--combined. Now he's setting his sights on new markets like Spain, and possibly Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

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