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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Top 5 Philanthropists in History

(Value of gifts adjusted for inflation)

1. Warren Buffett ($36 billion pledge, 2006)

2. Bill and Melinda Gates ($13.98 billion in gifts, 1999)

3. David Packard ($7.87 billion bequest, 1996)

4. Andrew Carnegie ($7.16 billion lifetime gift, 1835-1919)

5. William Hewlett ($6.75 billion bequest, 2002)

Top 5 Private Foundations in 2007

(Ranking based on total assets as of June 28)

1. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ($33.1 billion)

2. Ford Foundation ($11.6 billion)

3. J. Paul Getty Trust ( $9.6 billion)


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