Sheldon Adelson op 87-jarige leeftijd overleden

<em>Een interview met Sheldon Adelson</em>

Sheldon Adelson, eigenaar van Las Vegas Sands Corp. – naar verluidt ‘s werelds grootste casino imperium – is dinsdag op 87-jarige leeftijd in zijn huis in Las Vegas aan de gevolgen van kanker overleden.

Adelson stond tot zijn dood vandaag als CEO aan het hoofd van Las Vegas Sands Corp. vanaf de oprichting in het begin van 1988. Hij was sinds 7 januari met medisch verlof van het bedrijf om zijn strijd tegen non-Hodgkin-lymfoom te hervatten, waar hij sinds 2019 tegen had gestreden.

Zijn vrouw Mirjam Adelson, bevestigde zijn overlijden via een persbericht op de prnewswire. In het persbericht schreef ze onder meer “met ondraaglijke pijn kondig ik de dood aan van mijn man, Sheldon G. Adelson, aan complicaties als gevolg van een langdurige ziekte. Sheldon was de liefde van mijn leven. Hij was mijn partner in romantiek, filantropie, politiek activisme en ondernemen. Hij was mijn soulmate.”

Ze beschreef hem in die verklaring verder als “de meest trotse onder de Joden”, die veel belangrijke en historische bijdragen leverde aan de VS en Israël, waarvan sommige publiekelijk bekend zijn en andere niet.

In Israël was Adelson eigenaar van de pro-Netanyahu krant Israel Hayom en was een voormalige goede vriend van de premier. Wegens corruptiezaken tegen Netanyahu is de vriendschap de laatste tijd ernstig bekoeld.

Adelson leverde ook een substantiële bijdrage aan de schatkist van de Republikeinse Partij en pompte tijdens de verkiezingen in 2016 en 2020 tientallen miljoenen dollars in de campagne van Donald Trump.

Via de Adelson Family Foundation heeft hij gedurende zijn leven honderden miljoenen dollars gedoneerd aan o.a. Yad Vashem, Taglit-Birthright, IDC Herzliya en tal van andere doelen in Israël, de Verenigde Staten, Singapore en Macao.

Mirjam Adelson

He was an American patriot: a U.S. Army veteran who gave generously to wounded warriors and, wherever he could, looked to the advancement of these great United States. He was the proudest of Jews, who saw in the State of Israel not only the realization of an historical promise to a unique and deserving people, but also a gift from the Almighty to all of humanity.

And Sheldon was kind. He gave readily of his fortune to charitable causes that may literally be countless, as he expected no credit and often preferred anonymity. Although bluff in build and speech – and, in the last two decades, beset by painful sickness – Sheldon was always sensitive to the needs of others.

Visit any of our hotels and you will immediately notice the extraordinarily high ceilings, exquisitely designed by Sheldon at a sacrifice of lucrative space. He wanted all of our guests – no matter their means – to feel like kings, to breathe free in gorgeous tranquility. When the COVID-19 crisis hit and those hotels went dark, he insisted that our tens of thousands of Team Members continue getting their wages and medical insurance.

Each of those people, and millions of other beneficiaries of Sheldon’s largesse, are his testimonials.

George W. Bush

“Laura and I mourn the passing of a friend, Sheldon Adelson. Sheldon battled his way out of a tough Boston neighborhood to build a successful enterprise that loyally employed tens of thousands – and entertained millions. He was an American patriot and a strong supporter of Israel. Sheldon was a generous benefactor of charitable causes, especially medical research and Jewish heritage education. He will be missed by many – none more than his beloved family. Laura and I send our heartfelt condolences to Miriam, Adam, Matan, Shelley, Gary, Yasmin, Sivan, their spouses, and Sheldon’s many grandchildren.”

Harry Reid, voormalig leider Democratische Partij in de Senaat.

“Few people have had such significant an impact on the hotel and gaming industry and on Nevada’s economy as Sheldon Adelson. He was instrumental in transforming Las Vegas into the iconic destination it is today.” 

Catherine Cortez Masto, een Democratische Senator uit Nevada.

“Sheldon Adelson’s vision helped transform Las Vegas from a small desert city into a world-class tourism destination. The Silver State’s massive business, entertainment and convention industries are what they are today because of his life’s work and his dedication to building a Las Vegas that can cater to everyone from entrepreneurs to international travelers.”

Vice-President Mike Pence.

With the passing of Sheldon Adelson, America lost a giant, and Karen and I lost a friend. We join those around the country and the world who mourn this good and great man.

Sheldon Adelson not only lived the American dream, he embodied it; a philanthropist whose generosity knew no bounds and helped shape countless worthy causes; and a businessman who changed an immeasurable number of lives.

When Abner fell, King David said, “Do you not know that a leader and a great man has fallen in Israel this day?” Sheldon Adelson was a leader and a great man, whose legacy will inspire generations for years to come, and he will be deeply missed by family, friends, and all of us who had the privilege to know this truly extraordinary American.

To his beloved wife, Miriam, his children, and his 11 grandchildren: Karen and I extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy with a prayer. “May G-d comfort you among the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem” for his memory shall be a blessing for all time.

To his beloved wife, Miriam, his children, and his 11 grandchildren: Karen and I extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy with a prayer. “May G-d comfort you among the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem” for his memory shall be a blessing for all time.

President Donald Trump.

“Sheldon lived the true American dream. Sheldon was true to his family, his country, and all those that knew him. The world has lost a great man. He will be missed.”

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