Bill and Melinda Gates
Bill & Melinda Gates
Special Report Philanthropy 2004

Top Givers

No. 1 givers Bill and Melinda Gates, the world's largest international donors, made history this year by giving their estimated $3 billion Microsoft Corp. dividend to their foundation. It's one of the largest donations in history by a living donor. To put it into perspective, that one gift is three times bigger than the amount that America's richest family, the descendants of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton, has given during their entire lifetimes, according to our ranking.

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