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Miriam Adelson Biography |Presidential Medal of Freedom


Adelson Biography

Adelson was born in Tel Aviv, Mandatory, Palestine in 1945, to parents who fled Poland before the Holocaust. Her father was a prominent member of the Mapam political party. Her family settled in the city of Haifa in the 1950s, where Adelsons’ father owned and operated several movie theatres. She studied Hebrew at Reali School. She served mandatory army service as a medical officer at Ness Ziona. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Genetics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a medical degree from Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Medical School, she went on to become the chief internist in an emergency room at Tel Aviv’s Rokach (Hadassah) Hospital. Adelson then married Ariel Ochshorn, a physician, with whom she had two children.

Adelson divorced Ochshorn in the 1980s, and in 1986 she went to Rockefeller University on an exchange program, specializing in drug addiction. She was mentored by and collaborated with Mary Jeanne Kreek. While at Rockefeller, she met Sheldon Adelson, whom she married in 1991. In 1993, she founded a substance abuse center and research clinic there, and in 2000, the couple opened Dr Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Research Clinic in Las Vegas. She is credited with influencing Sheldon’s political views on Israel and served as one of ‘finance vice-chairs’ for the inauguration of Donald Trump. In 2007, Adelson was awarded an honorary doctorate by Tel Aviv University.

Presidential Medal of Freedom

On 10th November 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and they include Miriam Adelson, the wife of major Republican Party donor Sheldon Adelson, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth. Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest honour for a civilian. The awards will be bestowed by Trump on 16th November 2018.

The Adelsons, staunch supporters of President Donald Trump, are also backers of Netanyahu and owners of Israel Hayom newspaper in Israel.

Trump is giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the top US civilian honor, to 3 dead people (Elvis, Babe Ruth, Antonin Scalia), a GOP senator (Orrin Hatch), and Miriam Adelson, the wife of GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, who gave $55 million to elect Republicans in the midterms

Miriam Adelson Husband

Miriam is married to Sheldon Adelson from the year 1991. Her husband Sheldon was previously married to Sandra during the 1970s. The couple had three adopted children before divorcing in the year 1988. Before marrying Adelson, Miriam was married to Dr Ariel Ochshorn. She had two daughters from her marriage with Ochsorn.  Miriam and Sheldon have two sons.

Miriam Adelson Net Worth

Her husband, Sheldon Adelson is ranked 8th among the richest persons in the world. He has a net worth of US$36.7 billion.

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