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Meet Miriam Adelson: The Casino Heiress Who Is Now The 5th Richest Woman In The World

Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate who passed away in January, is survived by his widow, Miriam. With a net worth of $34 billion and being the fifth-richest woman in the world, she inherited the majority of his wealth.

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The widow of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is Miriam Adelson. She was left with the majority of his wealth after his passing in January. That would have been $40 billion at the time. Miriam Adelson currently has a $34 billion net worth. She now ranks among the top 40 wealthiest persons on the planet thanks to that. In terms of wealth, she ranks fifth in the world.

Who Is Miriam Adelson?

She earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and genetics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a medical degree from the Sackler Medical School at Tel Aviv University. Miriam served as an emergency department physician at Tel Aviv’s Rokach Hospital after graduating from medical school. She subsequently progressed to become the emergency room’s chief internist. She had two boys after she wed Dr. Ariel Ochshorn. She traveled to New York City in 1986 to train as an associate physician with a focus on drug addiction after they separated in the early 1980s. In 1989, Sheldon Adelson informed a friend he wanted to date an Israeli woman, and the friend paired them up on a blind date.

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Before and throughout Donald Trump’s presidency, Sheldon and Miriam were well-known for being his kind supporters. The Adelsons contributed around $173 million to the 2020 election alone. Over the past 30 years, the Adelsons have donated $308 million to political causes.

In a 2012 Fortune story, Miriam stated: “Sheldon means the world to me. He is my best friend, as I know I am to him, and he is a ‘mensch.’ He calls me an angel, and I respond by referring to him as the “wind beneath my wings.” In any event, we are traveling together on an amazing aircraft.”