Sheldon Adelson, casino mogul and GOP power broker, dies

Corp Chairman and Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson attends a news conference on the opening of Parisian Macao in Macau China

Republican Megadonor Sheldon Adelson Dies at 87 REUTERS Bobby Yip

The 87-year-old died Monday night from complications related to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Adelson was Sands' first employee, which has since grown to 50,000 employees.

On Jan. 7, the company announced that Adelson would be taking a medical leave of absence from the company to resume his cancer treatment.

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The billionaire mogul and power broker, who built a casino empire spanning from Las Vegas to China and became a singular force in domestic and worldwide politics, was being treated for non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Adelson's concept was so popular and financially successful that he became one of the world's wealthiest people.

The magnate, who built a casino empire stretching from Las Vegas to China and worked to become an exceptional figure in domestic and global politics, was 87. He was raised as a Democrat, but became a Republican over time, and was well-known as a Republican "megadonor", the single biggest individual campaign donor in recent election cycles. He also launched and bought newspapers in Nevada and Israel to promote his views, not least his strong commitment to protecting the occupation state.

Adelson's wife Miriam was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018, the same year the couple gave some $123 million to Republican PACS and campaigns, according to Forbes.

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He was known for funding right-wing causes in both the United States and Israel. He also bids farewell to an important backroom player in Israeli politics who funded an influential free daily newspaper that served as an unofficial mouthpiece for Netanyahu.

Klein added that, in addition to the great love he had for his family, "no discussion of Sheldon's life is complete without mentioning his enormous philanthropy for fighting against anti-Semitism, fighting on campuses against the anti Israel propaganda, combatting lies against Israel and Jews, and making sure that we never forget the horrors of the Holocaust". He was my soul-mate.

'Sheldon was a true American patriot and a giant among men, ' Trump Jr. wrote in a tweet. He gave readily of his fortune to charitable causes that may literally be countless, as he expected no credit and often preferred anonymity.

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