Party people! I mean, can we even call ourselves party people during a pandemic? Still, we may all be more or less confined to our homes, but our favorite billionaires do what they do: travel and spend their money. Good for them. It must be nice. Sheldon Adelson and his wife have just donated a lot of money to a Super PAC supporting the re-election campaign of Mitch McConnell, among other GOP senators. Mark Zuckerberg is on vacation in Hawaii and takes his sunscreen very seriously. Robert F. Smith continues to do good with his billions. And finally, Steve Ballmer and his wife made a generous donation to end gun violence. Sit back, this is the latest edition of the Billionaire Roundup.
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Donates $ 25 Million to GOP Super-PAC
Las Vegas-based billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam donated $ 25 million to a Super-PAC called the Senate Leadership Fund that supports the election of Senate Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Joni Ernst. The Super-PAC raised $ 30.2 million in June, 83% of which came from Adelson. They have donated over $ 100 million to Super-PAC over the past 4 years. The $ 25 million is the biggest donation the Adelsons have made this year. Adelson has a net worth of $ 28 billion. He is the owner of Las Vegas Sands Corp., which owns and operates the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. He is also the owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Mark Zuckerberg smears sunscreen in Hawaii
Mark Zuckerberg was recently on vacation in Hawaii. He was seen surfing in a blue long-sleeved shirt and black shorts. Nothing too unusual there. His face, however, was so covered in thick, white sunscreen from his hairline to his chin that he appeared to be wearing a mask. One Twitter user compared Zuckerberg’s look to the Joker. The billionaire Facebook founder didn’t surf the traditional way beyond his excessive sunscreen. He was driving a $ 12,000 eFoil electrical panel. So yes, he wasn’t paddling and waiting for a wave. He turned on his electric surfboard and rode it across the water. Over the years, Zuckerberg has bought a lot of land in Kauai. He actually has the nerve to sue native Hawaiians for their land so he can build his mansion. There is a Change.org petition to arrest Zuckerberg with almost 850,000 of the 1,000,000 signatures he is looking for.
Robert F. Smith tries to stop prostate cancer in black men
Robert F. Smith is doing good again. He donates $ 1.9 million for research into prostate cancer in black men. The fact is, black men are 76% more likely to be diagnosed with this specific cancer than white men. His money goes to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Smith’s donation will be used to develop a test named after him that can use DNA from saliva or a blood sample to find genetic markers indicating a likelihood of developing prostate cancer. A study will also be conducted to identify factors linked to aggressive prostate cancer in black men. The study is expected to last five years. Most prostate studies to date have focused on white men of European descent. The test is expected to cost less than $ 90, lowering the socio-economic barrier to health care. The National Institute of Health has found that black men are more likely to be diagnosed with the aggressive form of prostate cancer. Black men also have a higher risk of dying from the disease (4%), while the death rate for white men with aggressive prostate cancer is 2%.
Steve Ballmer donates to end gun violence
Steve Ballmer and his wife Susan donated $ 7 million to Everytown for Gun Safety, a national gun control group co-founded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The contribution was made in April and is the latest in a number of donations by the Ballmers to End Gun Violence. Through their foundation, Steve and Susan Ballmer have made growing political donations, primarily focused on eradicating poverty in the United States. However, this latest donation is the largest they have made to date.