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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Read this: Adrienne Arsht wins over Washington

Arsht in her Washington home. (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)
Adrienne Arsht is making a big splash in Washington by giving away the millions she made in Florida banking and establishing herself in power-broker circles. Annie Groer reports in a magazine profile that her highly visible ways have drawn “critics.” They don’t speak on the record, but Arsht has some shrewd responses for them:

On snark about her busy social calendar: “Male bank presidents who were out at the same events were called ‘business executives,’ [and] I was called ‘a socialite.’ ”

On her non-anonymous philanthropy: “Carnegie Hall, is that nouveau? We can name buildings after companies? That’s okay?”

On what she’s aspiring to: “Just to make a difference, just to matter.”

Adrienne Arsht has returned to Washington and is giving away millions, 10/23/11

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