(A.W. Schulz / For the Washington Post)
It’s the billionaire who has the highest percentage of his fortune in cash — more than anyone else in the country. Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate who is a major Republican donor and chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, is the richest person on the list.
Adelson is worth $95 billion, Forbes magazine estimates.
Adelson, a casino owner who lives in exile in Israel, is so large that he could be the biggest casino owner in the United States. However, according to Forbes, he owns less than 11 percent of the MGM Resorts International, which includes Las Vegas Sands, the largest casino in the world. The rest of the ownership is held by another Las Vegas-based firm, Wynn Resorts. It’s unclear what percentage of the casino is owned by Adelson.
Adelson’s financial backing for Republican candidates has been key to the candidate’s success, helping fund ad campaigns, fund-aside fundraisers and other pro-Trump efforts. But Adelson also is considered a controversial figure and the billionaire has been known to attack his political competitors when they attack him for making his wealth even larger than previously thought possible. He has also reportedly donated at least $200 million to groups supporting Republican presidential candidates.
Mizuho Bank’s chief executive officer and co-chief executive officer during the recent global markets crisis, Kenichi Ihara, is also the owner of the largest newspaper group in Japan. (Hiroko Yasuhara/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Mizuho Bank’s top boss is Kenichi Ihara, the current chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Mizuho Bank Group Holdings Co., known as Mizuho. He bought an 8 percent stake in Mizuho, which owns the largest newspaper group in Japan, in 2008 for $827 million.
Ihara is the owner of four of Japan’s seven biggest banks, according to Bloomberg. His assets include the nation’s largest stock market index, the Nikkei 225 Index, and more than 50 companies in sectors such as insurance and telecom.
Adelson and other casino owners have not been shy about making their political contributions, using limited liability companies to disguise their identities and shielding their contributions from public scrutiny.
Mizuho is the latest in a long line of companies from Japan to own casinos or manage casinos that, in this case, are
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