Jewish Casino Magnate Sheldon Adelson died on Tuesday from complications related to treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Adelson, who built a casino empire stretching from Las Vegas to China and worked to become an exceptional figure in domestic and international politics, was 87. In 2012, Politico called him “the dominant pioneer of the super PAC era”.
Forbes ranked him No. 15 in the US in 2018, with his business empire hitting an estimated $35.5 billion.
Adelson, of Jewish descent, was considered the nation’s most influential GOP donor over the last years of his life, setting records time and again for individual contributions.
When asked at a gambling conference what he hoped his legacy would be, Adelson said it wasn’t his loads of casinos or hotels, it was his impact in Israel. He donated $25 million, a record sum for a private citizen, to Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, apart from establishing a think tank in Jerusalem. Separately, he was closely aligned with the conservative Likud party and funded a widely-read free daily newspaper “Israel Hayom”.