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The Top 40 NYC Philanthropists

The New Yorkers listed here gave the largest donations and pledges over the last two years.

IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING
Art patron Leonard Lauder, seen here with his niece Aerin Lauder, donated his extensive collection of cubist art, valued at more than $1 billion, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. The Lauder family is one of 40 entries on our list of NYC’s Top Philanthropists, below.

Robert Appel, former managing partner, Neuberger Berman, pledged $20 million to Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2014.

Mary McConnell Bailey, heiress of Roaring Spring Blank Book Company, bequeathed $10 million to the Central Park Conservancy and $10 million to the New York Public Library in 2013.

Len Blavatnik, founder, Access Industries, pledged $30 million to the New York Academy of Sciences in 2013 and donated $20 million to Tel Aviv University in 2014, all through the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Muriel Block, philanthropist and commercial real estate magnate, bequeathed $160 million to Yeshiva University Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2013. 

Michael Bloomberg, businessman, philanthropist and former mayor of NYC pledged $350 million to Johns Hopkins University and distributed $452 million to various causes through the Bloomberg Philanthropies foundation in 2013.

Helen Gurley Brown, author, publisher and former editor-in-chief, Cosmopolitan, bequeathed $15 million to the New York Public Library in 2013.

Huguette Clark, philanthropist, bequeathed $10 million to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2013.

Alisa Doctoroff, president, UJA-Federation of New York, and Daniel Doctoroff, CEO, Bloomberg L.P., donated $5 million to the University of Chicago Law School.

Mark Gallogly, co-founder, Centerbridge Partners, and Lise Strickler, philanthropist, donated $10 million to the University of Notre Dame in 2014.

Richard Gilder, founder, Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co, and Lois Chiles, philanthropist, donated $20 million to Yale University and $10 million to Northfield Mount Hermon School in 2013.

Mindy Gray, philanthropist, and Jon Gray, global head of real estate, Blackstone Group, donated $5 million to the University of Pennsylvania, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute.

Maurice Greenberg, former chairman and CEO, AIG, and chairman, Starr Foundation, donated $25 million to Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx and $5 million in awards to the Starr Foundation’s Starr Cancer Consortium in 2013.

Sheree Holliday, competitive equestrian rider, and Marc Holliday, CEO, SL Green Realty Corp., gave a $5 million challenge donation to Lehigh University through the Holliday Foundation.

Frederick Iseman, founder, CI Capital Partners, donated $5 million to Yale University in 2014.

Elizabeth Kahane, philanthropist, and William Kahane, co-founder, American Realty Capital, pledged $5.5 million to Occidental College in 2014.

Wendy Kleinman, philanthropist, and Scott Kleinman, lead partner, Apollo Global Management, donated $10 million to the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.

Julia Koch, philanthropist, and David Koch, executive vice president, Koch Industries, donated $100 million to New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2013.

Suzie Kovner, philanthropist, and Bruce Kovner, chairman, Caxton Alternative Management, donated $60 million to the Juilliard School in 2013.

Marie-Josée Kravis, philanthropist, and Henry Kravis, co-founder, KKR, donated $100 million to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2014 and $4 million to Sponsors for Educational Opportunity in 2013.

The Lauder family donated $10 million to the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

Donald Marron, financier and former chairman, Paine Webber, donated $40 million to New York University in 2013.

Ronay Menschel, chairwoman, Phipps Houses and The Trust for Governors Island, and Richard Menschel, senior director, Goldman Sachs, pledged $12.5 million to the Harvard School of Public Health through the Charina Endowment Fund in 2013.

Sandra Meyer, philanthropist, and Edward Meyer, former chairman, president and CEO of Grey Global Group, donated $75 million to Weill Cornell Medical College through the Sandra and Edward Meyer Foundation in 2014.

Cheryl Milstein, philanthropist, and Philip Milstein, principal, Ogden CAP Properties, pledged $20 million to Columbia University Medical Center through the Milstein Family Foundation in 2013.

Abby O’Neill, philanthropist, donated $11 million to the Columbia University Teachers College in 2013, and donated $1 million to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in collaboration with Teachers College in 2014.

Ron Perelman, chairman and CEO, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, pledged $100 million to Columbia Business School, $50 million to New York University Langone Medical Center, $25 million to the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, in addition to other gifts.

Laura Perlmutter, philanthropist, and Isaac Perlmutter, CEO, Marvel Entertainment, pledged $50 million to New York University Langone Medical Center through the Laura and Isaac Permutter Foundation in 2014.

Lisa Perry, fashion designer, and Richard C. Perry, founder, Perry Capital, donated $10 million to the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

Janet Prindle, former partner, Neuberger Berman, and philanthropist, donated $10 million to DePauw University in 2014.

Stewart Rahr, former owner, Kinray, donated $10 million to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York in 2013.

Judith Resnick, Broadway producer and Burton Resnick, chairman and CEO, Jack Resnick & Sons, donated $10 million to Carnegie Hall in 2013.

Larry Robbins, founder, Glenview Capital Management, donated $7.5 million to the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.

Stephen Ross, founder and chairman, Related Companies, donated $200 million to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2013 and $30.5 million to the World Resources Institute in 2014.

David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO, Carlyle Group, pledged $50 million to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, $10 million to Columbia University Medical Center and $700,000 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in addition to other gifts, in 2014.

Rebecca Samberg, philanthropist, and Arthur Samberg, founder, Hawkes Financial, and former president, chairman and CEO, Pequot Capital Management, pledged $25 million to Columbia Business School and $25 million to the New York Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in 2013.

Ali Sanders, philanthropist, and Lewis Sanders, founder, CEO and co-CIO, Sanders Capital, pledged $15 million to the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute in 2013.

Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder and chairman, the Blackstone Group, donated $100 million to Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2013, in addition to $3 million split among the Inner City Scholarship Fund, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Literacy Partners, New Yorkers for Children, the New York Public Library and the USA Track & Field Foundation.

Marilyn Simons, philanthropist, and James Simons, founder, Renaissance Technologies, gave a challenge donation of $15 million to the East Harlem Tutorial Program, $2.5 million to Cornell Tech and $2.5 million to the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2013.

Joan Weill, philanthropist, and Sanford Weill, former CEO and chairman, Citigroup, donated $100 million to Weill Cornell Medical College and a $10 million challenge grant to Carnegie Hall in 2013.

Debby Weinberg, philanthropist, and Peter Weinberg, partner, Perella Weinberg Partners, donated $7 million to Columbia University Medical Center in 2013.