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42 Jon L. Stryker $30.01-million
Beneficiary: Arcus Foundation
Donor’s background: He is an architect and heir to the
fortune created by the Stryker Corporation, a medical-products company.
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Sergey M. Brin, co-founder of Google, and his
wife, Anne E. Wojcicki, earmarked money to
match gifts for Parkinson’s research.
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43 Sheldon and Miriam Adelson $30-million
Top beneficiary: Yad Vashem the Holocaust Martyrs’ and
Heroes’ Remembrance Authority
Purpose: For educational seminars and teacher-training
programs at its International School for Holocaust
Donors’ background: He developed the Venetian Las
Vegas hotel and is chairman of the Las Vegas Sands
Corporation, a developer of resorts. Dr. Adelson is a
physician who specializes in drug abuse and addiction.
Other notable gift: $10-million to the Birthright Israel
Foundation to provide free, 10-day educational trips to
Israel for young Jewish adults
SERGEY M. BRIN, who co-founded Google, and Anne E. Wojcicki, a biotechnology
analyst and a co-founder of 23andME,
a genetic-testing company in Mountain View,
Calif., gave more than $61.9-million to the
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
The foundation can use half of the money for
any purpose. Mr. Brin and Ms. Wojcicki, both 38,
earmarked the other half for the foundation’s research into LRRK2, a gene that in mutated form
has been linked to Parkinson disease.
Previously, the couple gave $63-million to the
charity. On his blog, Too, Mr. Brin has written
about his family’s experiences with the disease.
Both his mother and an aunt were diagnosed
with Parkinson’s, and Mr. Brin found out he car-
ries a Parkinson’s-related mutation of the LRRK2
gene. He wrote on his blog that he feels fortunate
be able to support Parkinson’s research.
Donor’s background: Founded the Related Group, a real-estate development company in Miami
43 Robert Tidwell $30-million (bequest)
Beneficiary: Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Donor’s background: He was an independent investor who
made his fortune through personal investments.
43 Paul R. and Donna (Muffy) S. Christen
Top beneficiary: South Dakota Community Foundation
Purpose: To match donations to nonprofits that start en-
dowments at the fund and to increase the amount the fund
can give to local causes
Donors’ background: He is chairman of the Christen
Group, a real-estate investment company in Huron, S.D.,
and former chief executive of First Western Bancorp, in
Other notable gift: $5-million to Dakota Wesleyan University for a new building for its College of Healthcare, Fitness,
47 Alan E. Lewis $29.4-million
Beneficiary: Boston Foundation
Purpose: To create a donor-advised fund
Donor’s background: Mr. Lewis is chief executive of Grand
Circle Corporation, a Boston company that specializes in
cruises and other trips abroad.
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43 Jorge M. Pérez $30-million
Beneficiary: Miami Art Museum
48 James Wood Williamson $28.1-million (bequest)
Top beneficiary: Case Western Reserve University
Purpose: Scholarships, professorships, and programs at
four of the university’s schools
Donor’s background: He was an industrial engineer at Ajax
Tocco Magnethermic, in Warren, Ohio, and developed
census-data software for scholars and policy makers.
Other notable gifts: $2.6-million to the Church of the
Covenant, in Cleveland, and $2-million to the Center for
Community Solutions, a human-services group, also in
49 Eli and Edythe L. Broad $27-million
Beneficiary: Broad Foundations
Donors’ background: He is founding chairman of the
builder KB Home and of SunAmerica, a financial-services
50 Jack O. and Barbara Bovender $26-million
Beneficiary: Duke University
Purpose: For the business school’s health-sector management program, the nursing school, and the arts and
Donors’ background: He retired in 2009 as chief executive
of Hospital Corporation of America, in Nashville; she was a
nurse at Duke’s hospital.