The Billionaire And The Con Artist

The email from a dead billionaire’s secret son was promising. The sender, a man who said his famous father had built the world’s largest casino company, the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, explained how he had a lot of information to share. “I should know,” he wrote, “I am the biological son of Sheldon Adelson.”

The first time the man who introduced himself as Sheldon Adelson, Jr. called, it was from a phone with a Las Vegas area code. Within minutes, he spun a wild yarn about how his ultra-rich father—who passed away in 2021 leaving a $35 billion fortune to his wife, Miriam, and his kids and a global $10.3 billion (2023 net revenue) casino empire with properties in Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore—met his mother.

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