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He was top among all political donors in the 2012, 2018 and 2020 election cycles. It was as the second-highest donor in 2016, however, that Adelson may have had his greatest influence. After sitting out the Republican primaries, in May 2016 he called on the party's biggest donors to support Donald Trump's candidacy. It heralded the Republican establishment's at-first grudging acceptance of Trump's political rise. Make informed decisions with the FT Keep abreast of significant corporate, financial and political developments around the world.
Stay informed and spot emerging risks and opportunities with independent global reporting, expert commentary and analysis you can trust. Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate, perennial top single donor to Donald Trump and other Republican causes and an influential opponent of a two-state solution in the Middle East, has died. Adelson's influence on Trump has been seen as a major factor in the president's assertive foreign policy on Israel, including his decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a deeply controversial move as parts of the city are also claimed by Palestinians. In a statement on Tuesday Adelson's wife, Dr Miriam Adelson, said the Las Vegas Sands chairman and chief executive died "of complications from a long illness". A Nevada newspaper Adelson owned reported the cause of death as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which Adelson was found to have in 2019.