Republican Megadonor Sheldon Adelson Dead at 87

Republican Megadonor Sheldon Adelson Dead at 87

The cause was complications 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".

A combative self-made man raised in a poor Jewish immigrant family in Boston, Adelson established hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore.

"If you do things differently, success will follow you like a shadow", he said in 2014, addressing the gambling industry in Las Vegas.

'To me - as to his children, grandchildren, and his legions of friends and admirers, employees and colleagues - he is utterly irreplaceable'.

"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.

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Sheldon Adelson, billionaire casino magnate, philanthropist, and Republican megadonor, died at the age of 87, his wife announced Tuesday. Plans for a Las Vegas memorial service are expected to be announced at a later date, according to the company statement.

Adelson was considered the nation´s most influential GOP donor over the final years of his life, at times setting records for individual contributions during a given election cycle.

Adelson last week took a leave of absence for cancer treatment from Las Vegas Sands, with chief operating Officer Robert Goldstein replacing him in an acting capacity, the company said.

For the 2018 midterm elections, Adelson donated about $113 million to the Republican Party through various conservative political action committees.

The companies' boards of directors named Robert G. Goldstein, now Las Vegas Sands' president and chief operating officer, as acting chairman and acting chief executive officer of both organizations while Adelson was on medical leave.

In the United States, Adelson backed pro-Israel Republicans including US President Donald Trump.

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