Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, and his family have combined to give $26.5 million to super PACs in the 2012 election cycle. The majority of that has gone to Winning Our Future, the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich. Adelson is ranked on the list of the richest Americans at number eight, with $21.5 billion in net worth.
Sheldon Adelson gave $7.5 million to Winning Our Future and his wife, Miriam, gave $12.5 million. His daughters Sivan Ochshorn and Shelley Maye Adelson each chipped in $500,000. Another daughter and her husband each gave $250,000. Adelson and his wife also gave $2.5 million each to the Congressional Leadership Fund.
Adelson remained in the number one spot among super PAC donors after counting contributions for April 2012. His involvement in politics revolves around his support for the state of Israel, in particular the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.