Spotlight on Sheldon Adelson
Rockville, Md., Oct. 2 – Forbes’ 20th richest entrepreneur in the United States just so happens to use a mobility device due to disability issues.
Sheldon Adelson, 84, grew up with nothing – living during the 1930’s-40’s in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Massachusetts: Dorchester.
“I didn’t know we were poor, but we were very poor,” he said during a testimony. “Church mice were rather affluent compared to our family.”
However, his past shaped Adelson’s everlasting drive and ability to overcome the odds, making him a candidate for RespectAbility’s #RespectTheAbility campaign, which highlights companies that either are run by or employ people with disabilities. An estimated 15 percent of people who own businesses have a disability. In this classic ‘rags to riches’ story, Adelson grows from an impoverished young boy living in (at the time) gang-riddled Boston to becoming a self-made entrepreneur with a net worth of more than 3.6 billion dollars.