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Adelson Silent On Whether He Bought Las Vegas Paper

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I want to imagine this right now - you show up for work one day and your company has a new owner. But it's a mystery owner who won't say who he or she is. That's life right now for the people in the newsroom of the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper. Last week, the paper was bought for 140 million in cash by an investment group that wished to keep its investors secret.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Well, now The Wall Street Journal's reporting that the mystery buyer is billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Sheldon Adelson is big in the business world, also a major philanthropist and also a major Republican donor. In fact, Tuesday night's GOP debate was held at one of his hotels, the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

MONTAGNE: Adelson has declined to comment. And in conversations with one reporter, he said he had, quote, "no personal interest" in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. That hasn't stopped some financial publications from identifying him. He also owns a daily newspaper in Israel. Both the newsroom's own editorial staff and a Nevada congresswoman have called for the new owners to disclose who exactly they are. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.