Board of Directors
Sheldon G. Adelson is principal owner and Chairman of the Board of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., the parent company of the Sands, The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Venetian Macao Limited in Macao, China.
Adelson, born in 1934 to Jewish Ukrainian immigrants, grew up in the working-class Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. As a young adult, Adelson worked as a mortgage broker, investment adviser and financial consultant.
Throughout his life, Adelson has built over fifty different companies, including the Computer Dealers Exposition (COMDEX), designed to bring computer manufacturers and resellers together.
Adelson has received honorary degrees and other awards and has been a guest speaker at numerous universities including the University of New Haven, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Tel Aviv University, and Babson College.
Mr. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, are supporters of charitable causes in Israel and in Jewish communities abroad. They have been long-time donors to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority. Adelson’s $25 million donation to Yad Vashem was the largest private donation ever made to the organization.
On January 1, 2007, Sheldon Adelson established the Adelson Family Charitable Foundation, which is expected to dispense upwards of $200 million annually to Jewish and Israeli causes, the largest by far of any existing private foundation with that aim. The Foundation’s first gift was a pledge of $25 million a year to Birthright Israel.