Sheldon Adelson, who rose from selling newspapers on Boston street corners at age 12 to one of the most successful luxury resort developers, philanthropists and political influencers of his generation, died Monday night at his home in Malibu, California. "His ingenuity, genius, and creativity earned him enormous wealth, but his character and philanthropic generosity his great name".
Adelson is survived by his six children, 11 grandchildren, and his wife Dr. Miriam Adelson who he married in 1991.
He later established lavish hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, Singapore and Macau that at his death made him ranked among the 30 richest men in the world, with a net worth of more than $30bn. The US-Israel relationship is stronger today because of him.
The chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation brought singing gondoliers to the Las Vegas Strip and foresaw correctly that Asia would be an even bigger market. He donated a similar sum to Trump's reelection effort in 2020.
"Sheldon Adelson's life represents the best of the American dream", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Tuesday.
"Sheldon Adelson was one of the greatest supporters of Jewish organizations in Israel and around the world".
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He was a significant backer of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"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.
Much changed in the Republican party in the eight-year gap between the presidencies of Bush, who left office in 2009, and Trump.
"Sheldon was a true American patriot and a giant among men".
Adelson recently made news for offering his private jet to Jonathan Pollard, who spent 30 years in US prison for spying for Israel.