The Chronicle of Philanthropy has released its annual list of America's biggest donors of 2012. Take a look at the 15 most generous donors.
15. John and Jenny Paulson. Donation: $100 million. John Paulson is founder and president of the hedge fund Paulson & Company. Their donation went to the Central Park Conservancy.
14. Eli and Edythe Broad. Donation: $101.5 million. Eli Broad founded homebuilder KB Home and financial services company SunAmerica. Their donations went to the Broad Foundations.
13. Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman. Donations: $116.4 million. Moritz is chairman of venture-capital firm Sequoia Capital. His wife, Heyman, is a writer at The New York Times. Their largest donation went to the University of Oxford.
12. Philip and Penelope Knight. Donation: $125 million. Philip Knight is the co-founder and chairman of Nike. The donation went to the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation.
11. David Koch. Donations: $137 million. Koch is executive vice president of Koch Industries. Koch’s largest donation went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and his other two biggest donations went to the National Museum of History and theTechnology Children’s Centers at Vassar Street.
10. Guy David Gundlach. Donations: $140 million. Gundlach founded auto insurance company Hastings Direct. He unexpectedly died in 2011 and left most of his estate to the Elkhart County Community Foundation.
9. Sheldon and Miriam Adelson. Donations: $143 million. Sheldon Adelson is chairman of the Las Vegas Sands corporation and is a hotel developer, most notably of the Venetian Las Vegas. Miriam Adelson is a physician specializing in drug abuse treatment. Most of their donations went to the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation and the Adelson Family Fountation.
8. Carl Icahn. Donation: $150 million. Icahn is an investor. His donation went to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
7. Fred Fields. Donations: $191.5 million. Fields was the previous owner and chief executive at Coe Manufacturing Company. He left most of his estate to 13 nonprofit foundations when he died in 2011. The Oregon Community Foundation received the bulk of the estate.
6. Mortimer Zuckerman. Donation: $200 million. Zuckerman is co-founder of Boston properties, chairman and editor in chief at U.S. News and World Report and publisher at the New York Daily News. His donation went to Columbia University.
5. Sergey Brin and Anne Wojicicki. Donations: $222.9 million. Brin is a co-founder of Google and directs the company’s special projects; his wife, Wojicicki, is co-founder of genetic testing company 23andME. Most of their donations have gone to the Brin Wojcicki Foundation.
4. John Allen. Donations: $309.1 million. Allen is a co-founder of Microsoft. Most of his donations went to the Allen Institute for Brain Science.
3. John and Laura Arnold. Donations: $423.4 million. John Arnold founded the hedge fund Centaurus; Laura Arnold is a former lawyer and businesswoman. Most of their donations have gone to the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
2. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. Donations: $498.8 million. Zuckerberg is a co-founder of Facebook and serves as the social networking site’s chairman and chief executive. His wife, Chan, is a pediatrician. Most of their donations have gone to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
1. Warren Buffett. Donations: $3.1 billion. Buffett is chairman of the investment firm Berkshire Hathaway. Most of his donations have gone to the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, NoVo Foundation and Sherwood Foundation.
Take a look at the full list and find out more about each of these donors at The Chronicle of Philanthropy's website.
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