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6. Sheldon Adelson, 78 Company: Las Vegas Sands  Net worth: $24.6 billion  2010 compensation: $11,356,866    Sheldon Adelson is the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, the most valuable publicly traded U.S. casino company.   Adelson rose from poverty in Boston and worked his way into the financial industry before developing one of the world’s largest computer tradeshows — COMDEX in 1979. Ten years later, he bought the Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and constructed the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. In 1995, Adelson sold the COMDEX trade shows for more than $860 million and constructed the $1.5 billion Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.   Since then, he’s expanded his empire globally, and now owns the Sands Macao and the Venetian Macao in southeastern China — a region now known as the world’s biggest gaming centre. He also opened the Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore.   Adelson’s stake in Las Vegas Sands is estimated to be worth $14.8 billion. Other notable assets include his home in Newton, Massachusetts, valued at $4.9 million.   Adelson and wife, Miriam, are also known as keen supporters of U.S. presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, donating nearly $11 million to a political committee that supports Gingrich's campaign in January. The casino mogul has also signaled that he would write big checks to Republican candidate Mitt Romney if he wins the nomination.  Photo: Charles Pertwee | Bloomberg | Getty Images

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