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          THIS AGREEMENT ("Agreement") is made as of January 1, 2002 between LAS
VEGAS SANDS, INC., a Nevada corporation having its principal place of business
at 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, d/b/a Venetian Hotel
Resort Casino ("LVSI") and WILLIAM P. WEIDNER, an individual residing at 9136
Golden Eagle Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada ("Weidner").


          LVSI is engaged in the business of owning and operating The Venetian
     Resort Hotel Casino on property owned by LVSI on the "Strip" in Las Vegas,
     Nevada (the "Venetian Property");

          LVSI desires to further develop the Venetian Property and to construct
     additional improvements thereon (the "Phase II Development");

          In furtherance of its business and development plans, LVSI has need of
     qualified, experienced, management personnel;

          On November 1, 1995, Weidner and LVSI entered into an Employment
     Agreement (the "Original Employment Agreement") pursuant to which Weidner
     has served, and continues to serve, as President of LVSI;

          The Original Employment Agreement, which would have expired on
     December 31, 1998, was extended by LVSI pursuant to its terms and expired
     on December 31, 2000; and

          LVSI and Weidner now wish to further extend Weidner's employment by
     LVSI, and to modify and amend the Original Employment Agreement and restate
     the terms, provisions and conditions thereof, as set forth herein;

          NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual
covenants, understandings, representations, warranties, undertakings and
promises hereinafter set forth, and intending to be legally bound thereby, LVSI
and Weidner agree as follows:

          1. EMPLOYMENT. LVSI shall employ Weidner, during the term and subject
to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, to serve as President and Chief
Operating Officer of LVSI or in such other managerial or executive capacity as
the Board of Directors of LVSI (sometimes hereinafter referred to as the Board)
may from time to time determine.

          2. DUTIES. Weidner shall have such powers, duties and responsibilities
as are generally associated with his office, as the same may be modified and/or
assigned to Weidner from


time to time by the Chairman of the Board, and subject to the supervision,
direction and control of the Chairman and the Board, including but not limited

          (a) participation and involvement in the proposed development
          activities of LVSI, including the planning, financing, construction
          and implementation stages, as shall be requested by the Chairman of
          the Board;

          (b) the efficient operation and maintenance of the hotel and casino
          properties of LVSI;

          (c) the promotion, marketing and sale of the goods and services
          offered by LVSI;

          (d) the preparation of budgets and allocation of funds;

          (e) the establishment or continuation of adequate management reporting
          and control systems;

          (f) the recruitment, selection, training, delegation of duties and
          responsibilities, and supervision, of subordinates; and

          (g) the direction, review and oversight of all programs, systems,
          departments and functions related to the management and administration
          of LVSI.

          3. PERFORMANCE. Weidner hereby unconditionally accepts the employment
described herein under the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.
Weidner covenants and agrees faithfully and diligently to perform all of the
duties of his employment, devoting his full business and professional time,
attention, energy and ability to promote the business interests of LVSI. Weidner
further agrees that during the period of his employment with LVSI, he will not
engage in any other business or professional pursuit whatsoever unless LVSI
shall consent thereto in writing.

          4. TERM. The term of Weidner's employment hereunder commenced on
December 1, 1995 (the "Effective Date"). The initial term of this Amended and
Restated Agreement (the "Initial Term") shall expire on December 31, 2005,
unless sooner terminated as provided herein. The Initial Term shall be
automatically extended for successive one-year periods thereafter (each, a
"Renewal Term") unless, no later than one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the
expiration of the Initial Term or any Renewal Term, one party shall give written
notice to the other of his or its intention not to extend, in which event this
Agreement shall terminate at the end of the then current Initial or Renewal

          5. LICENSING REQUIREMENT. Weidner is presently licensed as a casino
key employee ("the License") by the Nevada Gaming Commission upon the
recommendation of the state Gaming Control Board (collectively, the "Nevada
Gaming Authorities"), pursuant to the provisions of


applicable Nevada laws and regulations. Weidner agrees to cooperate with the
Nevada Gaming Authorities to maintain the License in full force and effect and
in good standing. If the Nevada Gaming Authorities shall, at any time, suspend
or revoke the License, then this Agreement shall terminate and neither LVSI nor
Weidner shall have any further obligation hereunder.

          6. COMPENSATION. For all of the services to be rendered by Weidner to
LVSI hereunder, LVSI shall pay Weidner the following:

               (a) SALARY. After the execution hereof and during the remainder
of the Initial Term, Weidner shall receive a monthly salary at the rate of One
Million One Hundred Forty-Four Thousand Dollars ($1,144,000) per year, payable
in accordance with the usual payroll practices of LVSI. At the start of each
calendar year of the Initial Term, beginning with 2003, and each Renewal Term,
if any, Weidner's salary shall be increased over the salary in effect
immediately prior to the start of such calendar year or Renewal Term by four
percent (4%).

               (b) BONUS. With respect to each calendar year during the Initial
Term and any Renewal Term hereof, beginning with the 2002 calendar year, Weidner
shall receive additional compensation on account of such year (the "Annual
Bonus") calculated as follows: For the year 2002, the "Budgeted EBITDAR" shall
be $190 Million and the "Bonus Threshold" shall be $160 Million., the difference
between the Budgeted EBITDAR and the Bonus Threshold being called the
"Budget/Bonus Spread." For each $1 Million of EBITDAR earned by LVSI in excess
of the Bonus Threshold, Weidner shall receive an Annual Bonus of 1.666% (the
"Budget Increment Percentage") of the salary set forth in Section 6(a) above, up
to a maximum Annual Bonus of 50% of salary when the EBITDAR earned by LVSI shall
equal the Budgeted EBITDAR. In subsequent years, Budgeted EBITDAR shall be
established based upon the budget presented by LVSI management and approved by
the Board, the Bonus Threshold shall be 84.21% of Budgeted EBITDAR rounded to
the nearest $1 Million, the Budget/Bonus Spread (expressed in $Millions) shall
be divided by 50 to determine the Budget Increment Percentage, and the Annual
Bonus paid to Weidner shall be the Budget Increment Percentage multiplied by
Weidner's salary in effect for that year multiplied by the number of Millions of
dollars of EBITDAR earned by LVSI in excess of the Bonus Threshold. The Annual
Bonus shall be payable within 30 days after the accountants regularly employed
by LVSI have determined the EBITDAR for the year.

               (c) EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS. LVSI shall include Weidner in any
group health, medical, dental, hospitalization, life or accident insurance
plans, and any qualified pension, profit sharing or retirement plans, which may
be placed in effect or maintained by LVSI during the Term hereof for the benefit
of its employees generally, subject to all restrictions and limitations
contained in such plans or established by governmental regulation.

               (d) EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT. Weidner is authorized to incur such
reasonable expenses as may be necessary for the performance of his duties
hereunder in accordance with the policies of LVSI established and in effect from
time to time and, except as may be otherwise agreed,


LVSI will reimburse Weidner for all such authorized expenses upon submission of
an itemized accounting and substantiation of such expenditures adequate to
secure for LVSI a tax deduction for the same in accordance with applicable
Internal Revenue Service guidelines.

               (e) VACATIONS AND HOLIDAYS. Weidner shall be entitled to
vacations and holidays as provided in LVSI's Flex Day Plan as in effect from
time to time, but no less than the following: four weeks of paid vacation leave
per year at such times as may be requested by Weidner and approved by LVSI. No
more than three weeks of vacation shall be taken consecutively. Up to two weeks
of vacation may be carried over to the following year (but not to the next). In
addition, Weidner may take the following paid holidays or, at LVSI's option, an
equivalent number of paid days off: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence
Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

               (f) LICENSING EXPENSES. LVSI shall pay all fees and expenses
incurred by Weidner in securing and maintaining such licenses and permits as may
be required by the Nevada Gaming Authorities in order to perform his duties
under this Agreement.

               (g) CLUB EXPENSES. LVSI shall reimburse Weidner for the
membership initiation fees (up to a maximum of $20,000.00) and annual dues and
assessment related to one club membership at a country or social club selected
by Weidner in the Las Vegas area. If the initiation fee shall be in the form of
a refundable bond or equity, Weidner shall repay such sum to LVSI within 90 days
of the termination of his employment hereunder.

          7. STOCK OPTIONS. In addition to all other sums payable hereunder,
LVSI or its principal shareholder, G. Adelson ("Adelson"), (LVSI and Adelson
being hereinafter sometimes referred to, collectively or individually, as
"Grantor") has granted to Weidner options to acquire shares of the common
capital stock of LVSI in accordance with the terms of a Stock Option Agreement
between LVSI and Weidner under LVSI's 1997 Fixed Stock Option Plan. Weidner
acknowledges and agrees that the stock option grant made in the Stock Option
Agreement represents all of the stock options to be issued to Weidner under this
Employment Agreement and shall, in all respects, be subject to the approval of
the Nevada Gaming Authorities.

          8. CONFIDENTIALITY. Weidner agrees that he will hold in strictest
confidence and, without the prior express written approval of LVSI, will not
disclose to any person, firm, corporation or other entity, any confidential
information which he has acquired or may hereafter acquire during his employment
by LVSI pertaining to the business or affairs of LVSI, including but not limited
to (i) proprietary information or other documents concerning LVSI's policies,
prices, systems, methods of operation, contractual arrangements, customers or
suppliers; (ii) LVSI's marketing methods, credit and collection techniques and
files; and (iii) LVSI's trade secrets and other "know how" or information
concerning its business and affairs not of a public nature. The covenant and
agreement set forth in this Section shall apply during Weidner's employment by
LVSI and shall survive


termination of this Agreement by any means and shall remain binding upon Weidner
without regard to the passage of time or other events.

          9. RESTRICTIVE COVENANT. Weidner shall not, either during the term of
this Agreement or until December 31, 2005 (the "Restrictive Covenant Expiration
Date") if the Agreement terminates prior to the end of the Initial Term by
reason of a Cause Termination, Weidner Breach Termination, Voluntary
Termination, or Licensing Termination (all as defined in Section 11 (a)), or by
reason of an LVSI Breach Termination, Constructive Termination, or Involuntary
Termination if and only if LVSI is paying to Weidner the amount set forth in
Section 11 (d) (iv), directly or indirectly, either as principal, agent,
employee, consultant, partner, officer, director, shareholder, or in any other
individual or representative capacity, own, manage, finance, operate, control or
otherwise engage or participate in any manner or fashion in, any hotel or casino
in the City of Las Vegas or Clark County, Nevada. In the event that this
Agreement shall be extended beyond the Initial Term, the Restrictive Covenant
Expiration Date shall be extended to the second anniversary of the date of any
Termination Event. Weidner acknowledges and agrees that the restrictive covenant
contained in this Section is reasonable as to duration, terms, and geographical
scope and that the covenant protects the legitimate interests of LVSI and
imposes no undue hardship on Weidner and is not injurious to the public.

          10. DISABILITY. If, during his employment by LVSI, Weidner shall, in
the opinion of an independent physician selected by agreement between the Board
and Weidner, become suddenly and immediately unable to perform the duties of his
employment due to severe illness or accident or other grave mental or physical
incapacity, or if Weidner shall be unable to perform the duties of his
employment for a continuous period of three months, then LVSI shall have the
right to suspend in whole or in part the future payments of compensation
hereunder or to terminate Weidner's employment hereunder in accordance with the
provisions of Section 11.

          11. TERMINATION.

               (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 4 of this
Agreement, Weidner's employment hereunder shall terminate upon the occurrence of
any of the following events (each, a "Termination Event"):

                    (i)    Weidner's death (a "Death Termination");

                    (ii)   the giving of written notice of termination by LVSI
          based upon Weidner's disability, as defined in Section 10 hereof (a
          "Disability Termination");

                    (iii)  the giving of written notice to Weidner by LVSI that
          he is discharged for Cause (as hereinafter defined) (a "Cause

                    (iv)   the giving of written notice by LVSI to Weidner of a


          breach of this Agreement by Weidner, which breach remains uncured for
          a period of ten (10) days after receipt of such notice by Weidner (a
          "Weidner Breach Termination");

                    (v)    the giving of written notice by Weidner to LVSI of a
          material breach of this Agreement by LVSI, which breach remains
          uncured for a period of ten (10) days following receipt of such notice
          by LVSI (an "LVSI Breach Termination");

                    (vi)   the giving of written notice by Weidner to LVSI that
          a Constructive Termination (as hereinafter defined) has occurred and
          that he has elected to resign, in which event termination shall occur
          thirty (30) days after delivery of such notice unless such
          Constructive Termination has been cured (a "Constructive

                    (vii)  the giving of sixty (60) days written notice to
          Weidner by LVSI that LVSI has chosen to terminate his employment
          without Cause (an "Involuntary Termination");

                    (viii) the giving of written notice by Weidner that he has
          chosen to terminate his employment with LVSI, no breach or
          Constructive Termination by LVSI having occurred, in which case his
          employment shall terminate sixty (60) days after receipt of such
          notice by LVSI (a "Voluntary Termination");

                    (ix)   the revocation or suspension of the License by the
          Nevada Gaming Authorities for a period longer than thirty (30) days (a
          "Licensing Termination"); or

                    (x)    if a notice of intention not to extend the term is
          sent by LVSI pursuant to Section 4 hereof, upon the discharge of
          Weidner at the end of the then current Initial or Renewal Term (a
          "Non-Renewal Termination") or at any time thereafter (a "Post-Contract

               (b) "Cause," as used in Subsection (a)(iii) above, shall mean:

                    (i)    conviction of a felony, misappropriation of any
          material funds or property of LVSI, commission of fraud or
          embezzlement with respect to LVSI, or any material act or acts of
          dishonesty relating to Weidner's employment by LVSI resulting or
          intended to result in direct or indirect personal gain or enrichment
          at the expense of LVSI;

                    (ii)   use of alcohol or drugs that renders Weidner
          materially unable to perform the functions of his job or carry out his
          duties to LVSI;


                    (iii)  materially failing to fulfill the duties set forth in
          Section 2 hereof;


                    (iv)   committing any act or acts of serious and willful
          misconduct (including disclosure of confidential information) that is
          likely to cause a material adverse effect on the business of LVSI;

provided that, with respect to (iii) or (iv) above, LVSI shall have first
provided Weidner with written notice stating with specificity the acts, duties
or directives Weidner has committed or failed to observe or perform, and Weidner
shall not have corrected the acts or omissions complained of within thirty (30)
days of receipt of such notice. Any dispute between the parties as to whether a
"cause" has occurred shall be resolved by binding Arbitration in Las Vegas,
Nevada before a single arbitrator jointly selected by the parties or, if the
parties cannot agree, by the American Arbitration Association, such arbitration
to be conducted in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration

               (c) "Constructive Termination," as used in Subsection (a)(vi)
above, shall mean:

                    (i)    the failure of LVSI to re-elect Weidner as a named
          officer of LVSI;

                    (ii)   a material change in the duties and responsibilities
          of office that would cause Weidner's position to have less dignity,
          importance or scope than intended at the Effective Date and as set
          forth herein;

                    (iii) liquidation, dissolution or bankruptcy of LVSI; or

               (d) Termination pursuant to this Section shall have the following

                    (i)    in the case of a Death Termination, salary shall be
          paid through the date of death;

                    (ii)   in the case of a Disability Termination, salary, less
          any applicable disability insurance payments, shall be continued for a
          period of six months following the date of termination;

                    (iii)  in the case of a Cause Termination, Weidner Breach
          Termination, Voluntary Termination, or Licensing Termination, salary
          and benefits payable to Weidner shall immediately cease, subject to
          any requirements of law;


                    (iv)   in the case of an LVSI Breach Termination,
          Constructive Termination, or Involuntary Termination, LVSI shall
          continue to pay to Weidner the salary set forth in Section 6(a) hereof
          for the Term of this Agreement unless and until Weidner shall become
          employed elsewhere in which event LVSI shall pay only the difference,
          if any, between the income earned in such employment, including salary
          and bonus compensation, and the salary set forth in Section 6(a)

                    (v)    in the case of a Non-Renewal Termination, or a Post
          Contract Termination, salary shall be paid only through the date of

          12. ASSIGNMENT AND ASSUMPTION. LVSI and Weidner acknowledge and agree
that the Phase II Development or any subsequent public offering of securities
may lead to a restructuring or other reorganization of LVSI or its assets. In
such event, this Agreement may be assigned to, and assumed by, any new or
different corporation, limited liability company or other entity that shall own
the hotel/casinos constructed on the Venetian Property and Weidner's employment
shall continue pursuant to the terms hereof as if such assignee, rather than
LVSI, had been an original party to this Agreement. Upon such assignment, all
rights and obligations of LVSI hereunder shall inure to the benefit of and be
binding upon the designated assignee. No such assignment shall relieve LVSI of
its obligations hereunder to the extent that those obligations are not satisfied
or discharged by the assignee.

          13. APPROVAL OF AGREEMENT. Weidner and LVSI acknowledge that the terms
of this Agreement are subject to the approval of the Nevada Gaming Authorities
and each agrees to make reasonable modifications in this Agreement, if
necessary, to secure such approval. If this Agreement shall be disapproved by
the Nevada Gaming Authorities and reasonable modifications shall be insufficient
to obtain such approval, then this Agreement shall terminate and neither party
shall have any further responsibility to the other hereunder.


               (a) [Notices] All notices and other communications required or
permitted hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly
given if sent via a national overnight courier service or by certified mail,
return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed to the parties as follows:

               If to Weidner, to:

               William P. Weidner
               9136 Golden Eagle Drive
               Las Vegas, Nevada 89134

               If to LVSI, to:


               Las Vegas Sands, Inc.
               3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
               Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
               Att: Sheldon G. Adelson, Chairman

               With a copy to:

               Paul G. Roberts
               Vice President and General Counsel
               The Interface Group
               300 First Avenue
               Needham, Massachusetts 02194

or to such other address as any party shall request of the others by giving
notice in accordance with this Section.

               (b) [Approval or Consent] Whenever under any provision of this
Agreement the approval or consent of either party is required, said approval or
consent shall be given or denied in a prompt manner.

               (c) [Integration] This Agreement is the result of substantial
negotiations between the parties, represents the complete agreement of the
parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all prior
agreements and understandings.

               (d) [Severability] If any provision of this Agreement shall be
declared void or unenforceable by any judicial or administrative authority, the
validity of any other provision and of the entire Agreement shall not be
affected thereby.

               (e) [Waiver of Provisions] The failure of either party to insist
upon a strict performance of any of the terms or provisions of this Agreement or
to exercise any option, right, or remedy herein contained, shall not be
construed as a waiver or as a relinquishment for the future of such term,
provision, option, right, or remedy, but the same shall continue and remain in
full force and effect. No waiver by either party of any term or provision hereof
shall be deemed to have been made unless expressed in writing and signed by such

               (f) [Fees and Expenses] Each of the parties hereto shall bear its
own attorneys fees, consultants fees and other costs, fees, and expenses
incurred in connection with the negotiation,


preparation and consummation of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated

               (g) [Amendments] This Agreement may not be amended, changed or
modified except by a written document signed by each of the parties hereto.

               (h) [Successors and Assigns] All provisions of this Agreement
shall be binding upon, inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by and
against the parties hereto, and their respective heirs, personal
representatives, successors and permitted assigns.

               (i) [Governing Law] This Agreement shall be governed by,
construed under, and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of
Nevada, and enforced (except as otherwise provided herein) only in its state and
federal courts.

               (j) [Headings] Section and Subsection headings in this Agreement
are included for convenience of reference only and are not intended to define,
limit or describe the scope or intent of any provision of this Agreement.

               (k) [Counterparts] This Agreement may be executed in two
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

               (l) [Survival] The representations, warranties, and covenants
contained in this Agreement shall survive its termination for any reason.

               IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed and delivered this
Agreement at Las Vegas, Nevada as a contract under seal on May 1, 2002.


By /s/ Sheldon G. Adelson
  Sheldon G. Adelson
  Chairman of the Board


/s/ William P. Weidner



     TERM                                        DEFINED AT
     ----                                        ----------
     Adelson                                     Section 7
     Agreement                                   Recitals
     Annual Bonus                                Section 6(b)
     Board                                       Section 1
     Budget/Bonus Spread                         Section 6(b)
     Budgeted EBITDAR                            Section 6(b)
     Budget Increment Percentage                 Section 6(b)
     Budget Threshold                            Section 6(b)
     Cause                                       Section 11(b)
     Cause Termination                           Section 11(a)(iii)
     Constructive Termination                    Section 11 (c)
     Death Termination                           Section 11(a)(i)
     Disability Termination                      Section 11(a)(ii)
     Effective Date                              Section 4
     Grantor                                     Section 7
     Initial Term                                Section 4
     Involuntary Termination                     Section 11(a)(vii)
     License                                     Section 5
     Licensing Termination                       Section 11(a)(ix)
     LVSI                                        Recitals
     LVSI Breach Termination                     Section 11(a)(v)
     Nevada Gaming Authorities                   Section 5
     Non-Renewal Termination                     Section 11(a)(x)
     Options                                     Section 7 (a)
     Phase II Development                        Section 12
     Post-Contract Termination                   Section 11(a)(x)
     Renewal Term                                Section 4
     Restrictive Covenant Expiration Date        Section 9
     Termination Event                           Section 11 (a)
     Venetian Property                           First Whereas, paragraph
     Voluntary Termination                       Section 11(a)(viii)
     Weidner                                     Recitals
     Weidner Breach Termination                  Section 11(a)(iv)