Possibly the Jewish community’s most prolific philanthropist, Sheldon Adelson, took the crown in this year’s Forbes magazine ‘biggest winners’ list. “Adelson added more to his fortune than any other person” this year, Forbes said. The publication estimates that his net worth grew by $15 billion in 2013 to $37 billion, at a whopping rate of $41 million a day.
Forbes attributed the 68% growth in Adelson’s worth to the success of his casinos in Macau and Singapore. Formerly the 11th richest American the publication now places him in the 5th spot. “Las Vegas Sands chief exec Sheldon Adelson hit the jackpot in 2013,” the magazine said. “Not even cancelling plans to open a Sands casino in Madrid could dampen his year.”
Other Jewish entries on the list include Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in second place, whose fortune climbed by $13.6 billion or 112% to $25.8 billion, and Google founder Larry Page who added $9.4 billion, or 26% to his net worth, now estimated at $30.5 billion.
Adelson is known as a vocal supporter of Israel and key funder of the Birthright Israel program that provides free trips to Israel for young Jews.