Vegas mogul Sheldon Adelson comes out of the shadows

For years, he's been the Wizard of the Strip, an Oz-like character whose wealth and power have never been in doubt but who has stayed behind a curtain, away from public exposure.

Sheldon Adelson, 79, who rose from impoverished roots in Boston to become one of the planet's richest men and chief executive of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. international gaming empire, has long kept his counsel exclusively to lawyers and other insiders, a trusted few.