15 special dividends ranked by size

Companies rushing to pass out money ahead of tax man

2) Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Total dividend amount: $2,264.48 million

Dividend amount per share: $2.75

Ex-dividend date: Dec. 6, 2012

The resort company, which owns the popular Palazzo and Venetian hotels in Las Vegas, announced that it will pay out its special dividend — its first such distribution — on Dec. 18. Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson, who stands to gain $1.2 billion from the dividend payout, said that the company plans to increase its annual dividend to $1.40 per share starting in 2013.

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