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Sheldon Adelson

AKA Sheldon Gary Adelson

Born: 1-Aug-1933
Birthplace: Dorchester, MA

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Las Vegas billionaire

Military service: US Army

Sheldon Adelson created the highly profitable Las Vegas computer tradeshow COMDEX in 1979 and sold out 16 years later. With that money he bought the Sands Hotel, and then built the Venetian Resort. Net worth $28.5B (Forbes 2013).

Speaking as part of a panel on Israel at Yeshiva University, October 2013, Adelson advocated a tactical strike on Iran to deter its nuclear program:

"And so there’s an atomic weapon, goes over ballistic missiles, the middle of the desert, that doesn’t hurt a soul. Maybe a couple of rattlesnakes and scorpions or whatever. Then you say: 'See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development. You want to be peaceful? Just reverse it all, and we will guarantee you that you can have a nuclear power plant for electricity purposes, energy purposes.'"[1]


[1] Quoted in "Hackers target Sheldon Adelson over Iran bomb comment", Haaretz, 12 February 2014, transcripting video footage shot by journalist Philip Weiss of the blog Mondoweiss.

Wife: Sandra (div. 1988)
Wife: Miriam Ochshorn (physician, m. 1991)
Son: Adam Arthur Adelson (b. 1997)
Son: Matan Sarel Adelson
Son: Mitchell (d. 2005 drug overdose)
Son: Gary

    University: City University of New York (dropped out)

    Las Vegas Sands Corporation Owner (1988-)
    Israel HaYom Owner (2007-)
    Americans for a Republican Majority
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Cantor for Congress
    Every Republican is Crucial PAC
    Freedom's Watch
    Friends of Roy Blunt
    John McCain 2008
    McCain 2000
    National Republican Congressional Committee
    National Republican Senatorial Committee
    Newt 2012
    Republican Jewish Coalition Board of Directors
    Restore Our Future
    Santorum 2006
    Searchlight Leadership Fund
    Tom Delay Congressional Committee
    US Holocaust Memorial Museum Council member
    Winning Our Future $5 million (2012)
    Bush Pioneer 2004
    Lithuanian Ancestry Paternal
    Ukrainian Ancestry Maternal
    Jewish Ancestry


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