Billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson dies

Andrew Cummings
January 12, 2021

According to a statement from his company Las Vegas Sands, the said complications were related to treatment for non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Former US president George W. Bush, a Republican, called Adelson an "American patriot, a generous benefactor of charitable causes and a strong supporter of Israel".

Adelson grew up in Boston, working as a newsboy as a child to help support his family before working his way up to becoming one of the most successful resort developers in Vegas.

Sheldon was the love of my life.


In 2018, Forbes ranked him No. 15 in the US, worth an estimated $35.5 billion.

"Adelson/default.aspx">statement from Las Vegas Sands Corp., the gaming corporation that Adelson founded in 1988 and where he served as Chairman and CEO, the multibillionaire passed away at his Malibu home.

"While his business credentials - having started or been involved in more than 50 different enterprises - are unquestioned, his dedication to philanthropy and commitment to his family will truly be his legacy", said the statement.

Initially somewhat skeptical of Donald Trump, Adelson eventually supported him, and played an influential role in pushing the administration to adopt bold Middle East policy changes, including the movement of the USA embassy to Jerusalem.


Las Vegas Sands properties include The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

Adelson took a leave of absence from Sands last week to resume treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The New York Times reported that he donated $220 million to the president's failed reelection campaign previous year, as well as to other Republican politicians.

He also owns the largest circulating newspaper in the Nevada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal.


Adelson and his wife Miriam, 75, set new records for political donations in the 2020 cycle, giving a total of $218 million to President Donald Trump's campaign and various Republican causes.

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