His Venice Isn't Sinking

Hotelier Sheldon Adelson is rocking Las Vegas' boat

Some people just aren't happy unless they're making others' lives difficult. Sheldon G. Adelson, the 67-year-old owner of The Venetian, is that kind of person. And these days he's pretty happy. In the year and a half since his $1.2 billion hotel and casino opened in Las Vegas, Adelson has managed to pick a fight with just about everyone in town. He has made enemies at the Culinary Union because he won't allow it to represent his employees. He's suing the lead contractor on The Venetian for missing the construction deadline. And he has stirred up local politics by challenging two huge public projects, the expansion of the municipally run Las Vegas Convention Center and the construction of a monorail along the Strip. "Sheldon likes to fight, that's part of his personality," says William Thompson, a professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and a longtime observer of the gambling industry.

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