Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas Sands CEO, Added $41M a Day to Fortune in 2013

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Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 12:43 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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The billionaire chief executive of the Las Vegas Sands, Sheldon Adelson, grew his fortune more than anyone else this year, increasing an average of $41 million every day of 2013.

Adelson’s fortune grew 68 percent, or $15 billion, from the beginning of the year through Dec. 20, Forbes said, attributing much of that money rolling in to financial success at casinos in Macau and Singapore. He clearly wasn’t hurt by canceling a planned Sands Casino in Madrid.

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The second winner on leaping fortunes was Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder who doubled his fortune to $23 billion this year, Forbes said. In a separate article on issues with Facebook’s IPO this year, Forbes said Zuckerberg spread some of that wealth, donating 18 million Facebook shares worth $1 billion to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Zuckerberg’s percentage of growth, 112 percent, actually beat out Adelson, but neither came anywhere near topping Robert Pera of Ubiquiti Networks who at just 35 years old grew his fortune 200 percent in 2013, Forbes said.

Third on the Forbes list of biggest dollar gainers was Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, whose fortune grew by $13.3 billion, and he was followed by Warren Buffett, up $12.1 billion this year, and Christy Walton, up $10.7 billion.

Forbes’ end-of-the-year look at whose fortunes grew followed its September release of the “Richest People in America” list. That list saw some of the same names, with Bill Gates on top, followed by Warren Buffet in second place.

Either list is one that most people would like to be on, whether they find themselves at the top or the bottom. The last person on the “Richest People” list was Nicholas Woodman with a $1.3 billion fortune.

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