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Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Gary Adelson was an American businessman, investor, political donor and philanthropist. In 2022, Sheldon Adelson's net worth is estimated to be $35 billion dollars.

March 29, 2022

Words by Matthew Taylor

Sheldon Adelson Net Worth

$35 billion

Est. Range $27.1B - $42.9B

Medium Confidence

Sheldon Gary Adelson was an American businessman, investor, political donor and philanthropist. He was the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation. He owned the Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom, the Israeli weekly newspaper Makor Rishon, and the American daily newspaper the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Adelson created the Adelson Foundation in 2007, a private charity focusing on healthcare and support of Israel and the Jewish people. He was a major contributor to Republican Party candidates and was often dubbed a "kingmaker" due to the size and frequency of his donations. He and his wife Miriam Adelson were Donald Trump's largest donors, providing the largest donation to Trump's 2016 campaign, his presidential inauguration, his defense fund against the Mueller investigation into Russian interference, and the 2020 campaign. He was also a major backer of Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

You vs. Sheldon Adelson

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Richest Business

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Buying Power

Sheldon Adelson's net worth of 35 billion can buy...

Tesla Model S
Priced at $131,440
Prestige 420 yacht
Priced at $610,000
Gulfstream G450
Priced at $38,000,000


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