This breaking news from the JTA: Billionaire Sheldon Adelson pledged $25 million to birthright israel.
If you’re like me, you’re thinking, big deal. Didn’t he do that in December?
No. That was five million (donated by the the Adelson Family Charitable Foundation, founded by the majority owner of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson) which paid for 2,000 trips. This is twenty-five million, which will enable birthright to double the number of trips offered this year, from 10,000 to 20,000.
And that’s not the end of it:
According to a birthright spokesman, the foundation anticipates making similar $25 million gifts for the next several years.
Adelson is the third richest man in the world, after Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, and his worth is estimated at $20.5 quadzillion.
(OK, that should read “billion.” But after a certain dollar amount, I think all those words–billion, zillion, sesquicentillion–tend to sound made up.)