Sheldon Gray Adelson (born August 1, 1933), is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. (gambling industry), the parent company of Venetian Macao Limited which operates The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center. He's ranked #6 of the world's billionaires in 2007, with an estimated net worth in excess of $26.5 billion. In 2006, Adelson ranked #3 in the Forbes 400 richest Americans, with an estimated net worth in excess of $20.5 billion.
Adelson is a key donor and prominent figure in the Zionist cause. His annual donations to AIPAC and other Jewish organizations exceed $200 million dollars. Adelson and his wife Miriam, an Israeli physician, have also pledged a donation of $25 million to Yad Vashem (a Holocaust museum in Jerusalem). The Adelsons, who live in Las Vegas, are also funding the construction of Las Vegas' first (exclusively) Jewish high school, scheduled to open in fall 2008.
Swastika soap threat
Adelson once claimed a swastika written in soap had been found at his home. Rumors of death threats surrounded him when he was battling the Culinary union. Soon the outspoken casino boss was traveling with armed, ex[?]-Mossad bodyguards who made little secret that they carried guns even when they accompanied Adelson to an editorial board meeting at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.