At 81-years-old, Sheldon Adelson has shown that you can make it big without a college education. As of Wednesday, November 12, the Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands casino has a net worth of $31.6 billion.
The self-made man started out with a newspaper corner stand when he was 12 years old purchased with $200 borrowed from an uncle. Although Adelson studied at the City College of New York some time in the 1950s, he dropped out after two years and joined the United States Army.
Over the course of his life, he has pursued a wide variety of work and business roles. Adelson has worked as a Wall Street stenographer, investment adviser, vendor, a travel/tour business operator and realtor. He made a lot of his money hosting computer trade shows and eventually created the Computer Dealers Expo, also known as COMDEX, and then invested in gambling. Although he nearly lost everything in the Great Recession, Adelson is currently the sixth richest billionaire in the United States and #12 on the Forbes 400 list.
He spends a lot of his wealth on politics and plans to see a Republican in the White House by 2016.
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