Shel­don Adel­son

Vene­tian Ma­cao, China


Net worth: $35.8 bil­lion

CEO and chair­man of Las Ve­gas Sands com­pany, Adel­son opened the lux­ury Vene­tian Ma­cao mega-re­sort in Au­gust 2007. In­spired by a visit to Venice in 1996 on his hon­ey­moon, the ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence is to­day com­plete with canals and gon­do­las. Con­tin­u­ing to ex­tend the firm's pres­ence in Asia, Adel­son saw the op­por­tu­nity to fill the bay be­tween the Coloane and Taipa is­lands in Ma­cau, cre­at­ing the Co­tai strip in China, which now also hosts The St. Regis Ma­cao and the Parisian Ma­cao.

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