Special Report: Mark Zuckerberg & Wife Lead List of Top Philanthropists

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With a gift of $992.2 million of Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, find themselves at the top of The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of largest philanthropists in 2013.

Mark Zuckerberg by Andrew Feinberg via FlickrZuckerberg, at age 29, is the youngest philanthropist ever to top The Chronicle’s annual list of largest donors.

George Mitchell, with a bequest gift of approximately $750 million to the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, ranked second on the 2013 list.

In total, the top donors of 2013 contributed $7.7 billion plus $2.9 billion in pledges. The numbers and ranking are based on publicly available information.

Perhaps the most striking thing about the compilation is that gifts by living donors in 2013 totaled about as much as the two previous years combined. This exciting finding might be an indicator that philanthropy is strongly rebounding following the Great Recession. It is definitely evidence of the power of planned giving.

To view the full report, visit The Chronicle of Philanthropy. 

That’s what Michael Rosen says… What do you say?

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