Sheldon Adelson – college dropout to billionaire donor
Sheldon was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of a cab driver and spent his early years in the poor area of Dorchester. He started off his business career by selling newspapers and what followed is a classic rags-to-riches story. He went on to develop his entrepreneurship skills and by age 12 owned his first business selling toiletries. In the early 1950s, he enrolled in college but dropped out after two years.
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In 1979 he created the famous Computer Dealers Expo COMDEX, and thereafter became hugely successful in business. He later also became a political donor, lending great influence and wealth to candidates of his liking. His net worth: $34.2-billion