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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Monday, July 24, 2017

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan were ranked the second biggest charitable donors in the United States, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. They donated $498.8 million to various philanthropic causes in 2012. They were bested by Warren Buffett, who took the top spot with $3.1 billion in donations last year.

Completing the top ten list of the nation’s biggest charitable donors, in order, were John and Laura Arnold ($423.4 million); Paul Allen ($309.1 million); Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki ($222.9 million); Mort Zuckerman ($200 million ); Fred Fields ($191.5 million); Carl Icahn ($150 million); Sheldon and Miriam Adelson ($143 million); and G. David Gundlach ($140 million).

Zuckerberg, whose net worth is probably somewhere around $12 billion despite a rocky start for Facebook’s stock, made his first big splash in the philanthropy space in 2010, when he pledged $100 million to public schools in Newark, NJ.

Zuckerberg, 27, and Brin, 39, contributed to a trend noted by the Chronicle – and likely spurred by the emergence of the youth-oriented tech field. Three of the year’s top five donors were under 40. The other, No. 3 on the list, was hedge-fund creator John Arnold, who is 38, and his wife, Laura.