Sheldon Gary Adelson (pronounced ; born August 4, 1933) is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and political donor.
He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and is the parent company of Venetian Macao Limited, which operates The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
He owns the Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom and the American daily newspaper Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Adelson, a philanthropist and donor to a variety of causes, created the Adelson Foundation in 2007 at the behest of his wife, Miriam.
He is a member of the Republican Party, and made the largest single donation to any U.S.
presidential inauguration when he gave the Trump inaugural committee US$5 million.As of November 2019, Adelson was listed by Forbes as having a fortune of US$37.7 billion, making him the 24th-richest person in the world.
He is a major contributor to Republican Party candidates.
He was the largest donor, of any party, in both the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns.
He sat out the Republican primary season during the 2016 presidential campaign but on September 23, he announced a $25 million donation to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, making him the largest donor to the Trump campaign and the largest donor in the presidential election (although this was less than the $100 million donation some had predicted).