A magnate from Las Vegas, once the third richest man in the world, has died
Las Vegas Sands founder Sheldon Adelson has died at the age of 88 from cancer, his company announced.
Adelson was a Republican financier and a loyal supporter of outgoing President Donald Trump, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Adelson, who was the world’s third richest for some time, built a canal and introduced gondoliers to the Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and predicted the growth of the Asian market.
He comes from a Jewish immigrant family, grew up in Boston, and then became one of the richest people in the world.
“If you do things differently, success will follow you like a shadow,” Adelson said in 2014 at a meeting with representatives of the gaming industry in Las Vegas.
Asked what he expects to be his legacy, Adelson said it was not his casinos or hotels, but his influence in Israel. He donated $ 25 million, a record amount for an individual, to the Israeli Yad Vashem memorial complex.
In the United States, he supported President George W. Bush, and he also supported Rudolf Giuliani in the 2008 presidential race. Adlson and his wife spent more than $ 90 million for the 2012 presidential election.
In 2016, Adelson was undecided on Trump’s candidacy for president, but then he supported him and gave more than 20 million dollars in the last weeks of the campaign.
After winning the presidential election, Trump often talked to Adelson and accepted his firm stance towards resolving the Middle East issue.
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