Talk about a comeback: shares of Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands have surged more than 2,000% since their credit crisis nadir. “I’m too old to be a kid, so call me the ‘comeback adolescent.’” His goal is to get LVS’s market cap back to $52 billion and sees Asian casinos as the way to get there. He opened his $5.7 billion Marina Bay Sands in Singapore in April 2010. Cabdriver’s son borrowed $200 from uncle to sell newspapers at age 12. Created computer industry’s marquee event, Comdex, mid-1980s; sold show to Japan’s Softbank for $862 million 1995. Built $1.5 billion all-suites Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the 1.2-million-square-foot Sands Convention Center 1997; opened $1.9 billion Palazzo resort in 2008.
Net Worth: $21.5 billion