Billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson has passed away, the Las Vegas Sands company announced Tuesday. He was 87.
According to the statement, Adelson died from complications related to treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
“When the pandemic disrupted daily routines and dramatically impacted his business, Mr. Adelson was adamant that our Team Members across the globe continue to receive full pay and health care benefits even while the buildings in which they worked were closed. There are countless additional untold stories of his warmth and generosity – efforts for which he never sought recognition or publicity and would only reply with a smile if asked about them,” the company said.
Adelson, the son of poor Jewish immigrants to the US, began his business career at the age of 12 when he borrowed $200 from his uncle to purchase a license to sell newspapers in Boston. He went on to start 50 businesses over the course of his career.
In 1988, Adelson purchased the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, launching his career in the casino business.
Adelson was a prolific philanthropist and political donor. The Adelson Family Foundation has donated $140 million to Birthright Israel since 2007. He and his wife Miriam were also among the biggest donors to US President Donald Trump’s election campaign in 2016.
In 2007, Adelson launched the Yisrael Hayom newspaper, a free Hebrew Israeli daily which quickly rose to become Israel’s most-read newspaper.
Nikki Haley wrote, “
Sheldon Adelson lived a true American life. He was born from humble beginnings but achieved extraordinary things, in business and philanthropy. He was a defender of America, a champion of Israel, and a friend. He will be missed by many. His good deeds and legacy will continue to shape the lives of millions for generations to come. Michael and I send our love and prayers to Miriam and Sheldon’s family during this difficult time.”
City of David Ancient Jerusalem posted, “The City of David is deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, partner, and supporter, Mr. Sheldon Adelson. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, and to all of their children and grandchildren.
Sheldon and Miriam’s vision and generosity helped bring about the transformation of the City of David from neglect and obscurity into one of the top archeological and cultural sites in the world. Their fearless conviction in the ideals of our country and the historical and moral right of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel, a commitment that they demonstrated both in their words and in their deeds, stands as a testament to Jews everywhere. Their dedication to the future of the Jewish people will continue to serve as a beacon to millions across the world to look to Jerusalem and know that there, they will always have a home.”
Ambassador Ron Dermer
wrote, “The Jewish people mourn one of its proudest sons, Sheldon Adelson z”l, who devoted himself to strengthening his people, his homeland and the bonds between his beloved America and Israel. He was a true giant, as good as he was great, whose memory will never be forgotten.”
Danny Danon commented, “Today we sadly learn of the passing away of the great Zionist philanthropist, Sheldon #Adelson
, a man who loved #Israel
and devoted his life to doing good. Sheldon, Miri and their family donated hundreds of millions to medical research, education and charities in the US and Israel. His parting is a huge loss for the Jewish nation. May his memory be a blessing.”
In a statement, Jewish National Fund – USA posted, “JNF is saddened to hear of the passing of Sheldon Adelson, CEO and chairman of Las Vegas Sands, the largest casino company in the United States and the owner of the Israel Hayom newspaper in Israel. He was a true friend to Israel and a major funder of Taglit-Birthright Israel, #JNF
’s affiliate Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites – SPIHS מחנה המעפילים עתלית Atlit Detention Camp
, and Baseball in Israel. Baruch Dayan HaEmet. May his memory always be for a blessing.”
“Sheldon was a true hero of the nation of Israel and helped change the lives of many people both in the United States, in Israel, and around the world. He will be sorely missed.”
United Hatzalah commented, “United Hatzalah is greatly saddened by the passing of American philanthropist Sheldon Adelson. Sheldon was a visionary business and philanthropic leader and a great supporter of Israel. He and his wife Dr. Miriam Adelson were also instrumental in helping United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer during his fight with Covid-19 in March and April of 2020. Eli Beer describes Sheldon and Dr. Miriam as his “guardian angels”.
From United Hatzalah Headquarters in Jerusalem, Eli Beer said, “Sheldon was a true role model and inspiration for living life fully. He was also a proud Jewish American. In the last 200 years of history, there are three people who have made a massive impact on Israel, the Jewish people and me personally: Baron Rothschild, Sir Moses Montifiore and Sheldon Adelson. We lost a giant today but I am proud to know his family and am sure they will continue his work. Baruch Dayan Ha’emet, may his memory be a blessing.”
Just ten days ago, Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson made a significant donation to the Ambucycle unit of United Hatzalah, a donation that will strengthen the medical response to the citizens of Israel and save lives throughout the country. Sheldon was a true hero of the nation of Israel and helped change the lives of many people both in the United States, in Israel, and around the world. He will be sorely missed.
AIPAC commented, “
We mourn the passing of Sheldon Adelson, who lived a remarkable life and was an extraordinary supporter of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and we extend our condolences to his wife Miriam and his entire family.”