Adelson “recently resumed” treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma following his March 2019 diagnosis, the casino company said in a statement Thursday. It’s unclear how long 87-year-old’s leave will last. Sands’ president and chief operating officer Robert Goldstein will temporarily replace Adelson.
He is also a friend of President Donald Trump, who also owns a resort in Las Vegas. Trump gave Adelson’s wife Miriam a Presidential Medal of Freedom award in 2018 for establishing research centers committed to fighting substance abuse.
The family also regularly donates money to Trump and Republican politicians. The couple recently poured $75 million into a super PAC launched in late August to aid Trump’s reelection. They also backed the president’s initial run in 2016.