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Give If You've Got It

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Give If You've Got It

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Commenter "Richard Marcus" offered a swell suggestion to yesterday's list of the world's richest Jews: "Perhaps an interesting follow up article might be, to what degree are these Jewish billionaires using their wealth to embrace or ignore Tikkun Olam. Maybe do it on an 'Olam-O-Meter' to show a comparison between wealth and attempt to heal the world." My doctorate is in blogging, not medicine, so I hesitate to use the Meter itself. But we can certainly look at who the biggest givers were and cross-check it with the biggest grossers.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy's Philanthropy 50 is the standard; the Slate 60 tracks it pretty well. Business Week's list is a little different. (All apply only to Americans.) Together, they offer a picture of who is giving what they have.

George Soros and Michael Bloombergthe Chronicle's top two givers overall (46th and 30th in wealth, according to Forbes)come out looking the best. …

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