In 2007, three years after gaining a density in Macau with a $ 265 million casino, Mr. paradise almost as big as 10 football fields. Asia’s fanatical players poured in, and Mr. Adelson multiplied his wealth many times.
He built other casino hotels in Macau, Singapore and Pennsylvania and added the Las Vegas Palazzo. In 2013, he dropped plans for a $ 30 billion resort near Madrid after failing to win Spanish concessions. But he planned casinos in Japan, an untapped mega-market for gambling and, with billions at stake, lobbied hard against online gambling.
His company faced lawsuits, investigations and accusations of bribing Chinese and American officials and tolerating prostitutes and the mafia. Adelson denied the allegations and was not personally involved. His firm was also not convicted of serious misconduct, even though it paid a $ 47 million fine in 201
The Democratic congressional campaign committee once issued a “sincere” apology after insinuating he had profited from prostitution.
Sheldon Gary Adelson was born in Boston on August 4, 1933, one of four children of Arthur and Sarah (Tonkin) Adelson. His father is descended from Jewish Ukrainian and Lithuanian ancestors; his mother had immigrated from England and one of the boy’s ancestors had been a Welsh coal miner. In the family’s two-bedroom apartment in the Dorchester section of Boston, the parents slept on a mattress and the children on the floor. Sheldon, a go-getter, sold newspapers and at 16 had candy vending machines in factories and gas stations.
He fought anti-Semitism and hard on the streets and at Roxbury Memorial High School. “We had to go to school with at least four children,” he told Forbes in 2012. “The Irish children came out of the bushes and camps with rubber hoses and chains and brass bones.”
Mr. Adelson attended City College New York in the 1950s, but dropped out after less than two years and joined the Army. He later sold toiletries, magazine ads, and windshield wipers; brokered mortgage, developed condominiums and booked charter trips. Following his trade show success, he bought the Sands Hotel and Casino for $ 128 million.