25 Most Influential Republicans, Newsmax Magazine, 2008.
The story of Sheldon Gary Adelson, born in the poor Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1933, is a classic American rags-to-riches story.He created several very successful businesses, and in the 1970s developed the computer trade show COMDEX. He went on to build casino resorts in Las Vegas and Asia, and later ventured into politics, generously supporting Republican causes and candidates.
Sheldon start working at a young age selling newspapers, and by age 12 he owned his first business, selling toiletries.
In the early 1950s, he entered City College of New York, majoring in corporate finance, but dropped out after less than two years
Paperboy. Mortgage broker. Investment advisory.
Finance consultant. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Interface Group Incorporated, Needham, Massachusetts, 1974. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, treasurer Las Vegas Sands, Incorporated, since 1989.
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Las Vegas Sands Corporation, since 2004. Founder COMDEX Trade Shows, 1991—1995, Sands Expo & Convention Center, since 1990, Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, since 1991, Sands Macau, since 2004, Venetian Macau, since 2007, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, since 2008. Guest speaker University New Haven, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Tel Aviv University, Babson College.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled "I Didn't Leave the Democrats. They Left me", Adelson specifies three reasons why he switched political parties. First, he cites foreign policy, pointing to a Gallup poll that suggests Republicans are more supportive of Israel than Democrats.Second, he cites statistics that suggest Republicans are more charitable than Democrats. To support this claim Adelson adduces a report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which found, after studying tax data from the IRS, that U.S. states that vote Republican are more generous to charities than those states that vote Democratic. "My father, who kept a charity box for the poor in our house .. would have frowned on this fact about modern Democrats." This leads him to his third reason—economic policy—for leaving the Democratic Party.
Adelson has said his most important issue when considering which candidates to support in U.S. elections is "the safety of Israel".
Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington.
He’s a fighter who defends what is his, a self-made man who held more than 50 jobs before striking gold with his Venetian casino on the Vegas Strip
Quotes from others about the person
“Whatever field he toils in, Adelson is “incredibly stick-to-itive,” says Michael Leven, president of Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. “He stands up for what he believes in. That’s why lawsuits happen””
“Israel is at the core of everything he does,” says Fred Zeidman, a friend of Adelson, fellow Romney backer and former chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Named one of Forbes 400: Richest Americans, sinNamed one of Forbes 400: Richest Americans, since 2006, World's Richest People, Forbes Magazine, 2005, 2007, 2008, 25 Most Influential Republicans, Newsmax Magazine, 2008. As of July 2014, Adelson was listed by Forbes as having a fortune of $36.4 billion, and as the 10th richest person in the world.
Woodrow Wilson Award
Adelson and his wife, Miriam Adelson, were presAdelson and his wife, Miriam Adelson, were presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution on March 25, 2008.
the Chairman's Award
Adelson received the Chairman's Award from the Adelson received the Chairman's Award from the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a think tank in Las Vegas, for his efforts to advance free market principles in Nevada.
In 2014, Adelson was named to CNBC's list of 20In 2014, Adelson was named to CNBC's list of 200 people who have transformed business over the last 25 years; those on the list were described as “top leaders, icons and rebels, a definitive list of people who have had the greatest influence, sparked the biggest changes and caused the most disruption in business over the past quarter century”