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December 6, 2012 | By James Rainey
Casino mogul and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson laid out a litany of policy positions - pro-choice on abortion, in favor of eventual citizenship for undocumented immigrants, supportive of “socialized” healthcare - that make him sound like America's most committed liberal. Adelson's remarks to the Wall Street Journal may have taken some by surprise Wednesday, given that he dumped somewhere between $70 million and $150 million into (mostly losing) conservative candidates in the November election.
December 21, 2009 | By Ashley Powers
Has a state's psyche ever rested so completely on a single resort complex? In recession-ravaged Las Vegas, the flashy opening last week of Aria -- the hotel-casino centerpiece of CityCenter -- was regarded as either a sign of the Strip's economic rebound or another symptom of its ailments. Most Nevadans are praying for the rebound. The punditocracy cast the unveiling of Aria -- a 4,004-room, Cesar Pelli-designed hotel with a Maya Lin sculpture above the front desk -- in terms more suitable to heroism.
June 16, 2008 | Michael A. Hiltzik and Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writers
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson landed Chinese government support in his quest for a lucrative gaming franchise in Macao in 2001 after relaying assurances from a Republican Party boss that a congressional measure opposing Beijing's bid for the 2008 Olympics would "never see the light of day," according to court testimony in a civil suit here. The intelligence came out of a phone call between Adelson and then-U.S. Rep. and Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas).
June 17, 2005 | Adam Goldman, Associated Press
On one corner of the Las Vegas Strip, Steve Wynn runs his signature $2.7-billion mega-resort and busily plans another. Across the street, Sheldon Adelson is building the Palazzo hotel-casino next to his successful Venetian. Soon to be shimmering near both properties are Donald Trump's gold-glass hotel-condo towers, and Phil Ruffin has ambitious plans for the aging New Frontier casino. Four billionaire-sized egos, a slew of big-budget projects and all within stone's throw of one another.
September 28, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Sheldon Adelson, named the third-richest man in the U.S. last week by Forbes magazine, has set his sights on No. 1. Adelson, who controls 69% of Las Vegas Sands Corp., has amassed a $20.5-billion fortune developing casinos and the Comdex computer industry show. He says it's only a matter of time before he ends Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates' 13-year domination of the Forbes list.
December 14, 2004 | From Associated Press
When billionaire Sheldon Adelson sold his successful Comdex computer show and decided to build a lavish hotel-casino with thousands of rooms, gambling executives ridiculed his business model. They said Adelson's plan for the Venetian to cater to business travelers and profit from hotel rooms and conventions wouldn't work on the Las Vegas Strip, where everyone knew casinos were the true moneymakers.
June 22, 2012 | By Lauren Frayer, Los Angeles Times
ALCORCON, Spain - On a dusty plateau dotted with half-built condos, unemployed Spaniards hope a proposed development will amount to more than a mirage in the desert: a glittering gambling city to rival Las Vegas, and the quarter-million jobs it's expected to bring. American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, owner ofLas Vegas Sands Corp., wants to build a casino complex dubbed EuroVegas, complete with 36,000 hotel rooms, 18,000 slot machines and three golf courses, and this Madrid suburb is vying for the jackpot.
January 24, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Macao's gaming revenue surged 22% in 2006, surpassing the Las Vegas Strip as the world's biggest casino market. The Chinese city's gambling industry reaped $6.95 billion in revenue, according to the website of the industry regulator. Analysts estimate that the Las Vegas Strip took in $6.5 billion to $6.6 billion last year. Macao's gambling revenue started to surge in 2004, when Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Galaxy Casino ended the four-decade monopoly of billionaire Stanley Ho.
November 12, 2008 | Times Wire Services
Las Vegas Sands Corp. has priced a public offering of 181.8 million common shares at $5.50 each in a move to raise $1 billion. It also is selling preferred stock and warrants to the family of Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson, as the troubled casino operator struggles to avoid defaulting on $5.2 billion worth of debt. In addition, the Las Vegas company is selling nearly 5.2 million preferred shares and warrants to buy 86.6 million common shares at $6 each. A unit of one preferred share and one warrant to purchase about 16.7 common shares is priced at $100 each.
July 30, 2012 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM — On a day that mixed religious symbolism, courtship of financial donors and tough rhetoric, Mitt Romney on Sunday declared in his most aggressive tones to date that the U.S. should stand firmly behind Israel if it chooses military action to thwart Iran's progression toward a nuclear weapon. Flanked by several dozen Israeli and American flags, with the last glimmers of sunlight illuminating the walls of Jerusalem's Old City behind him, Romney argued in a speech that Tehran's ayatollahs "are testing our moral defenses" and monitoring "who will object" and "who will look the other way. " Accusing Iran of having a "bloody and brutal record," the unofficial Republican presidential nominee said, "We have a solemn duty and a moral imperative to deny Iran's leaders the means to follow through on their malevolent intentions.
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