Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson died on Monday aged 87 afer a long illness, the company announced.
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 international politics, was being treated for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
At one point the third richest man in the world, the casino billionaire first announced that he was being treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in 2019.
His funeral will be held in Israel with a memorial service held in Las Vegas at a later date.
Former president George W. Bush and Donald Trump Jr. led the tributes to Adelson on Tuesday both calling him ‘an American patriot’.
‘Sheldon was a true American patriot and a giant among men,’ Trump Jr. wrote in a tweet.
‘He treated his employees like family. His philanthropic generosity changed countless lives. The US-Israel relationship is stronger today because of him. My heart goes out to the Adelson family.’
‘Sheldon battled his way out of a tough Boston neighborhood to build a successful enterprise that loyally employed tens of thousands and entertained millons,’ said former President Bush.