Forbes magazine today has the first interview with Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson since he has become the chief financier of the Newt Gingrich rescue effort.
According to a tease released today, Adelson has no patience for those who wring their hands over the impact of a handful of wealthy donors on the national political process:
“Those people are either jealous or professional critics,” Adelson [said] during his first interview since he and his wife began funneling $11 million, with another $10 million injection widely expected, into the former speaker’s super PAC, Winning Our Future. “They like to trash other people. It’s unfair that I’ve been treated unfair—but it doesn’t stop me. I might give $10 million or $100 million to Gingrich.”
Adelson, 78, certainly can afford to: With a net worth of roughly $25 billion, that $11 million, which jolted Gingrich’s flatlining presidential bid back to life, equates to 0.044% of his fortune.
And $100 million would be only .44