• October 22, 2014

No. 17: H.F. (Gerry) and Marguerite B. Lenfest

No. 17: H.F. (Gerry) and Marguerite B. Lenfest 1

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Gerry and Marguerite B. Lenfest

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Gerry and Marguerite B. Lenfest

Amount donated in 2011: $75-million

Biggest beneficiary: American Revolution Center

Other key beneficiary: Columbia University

Donors’ background: Mr. Lenfest founded Lenfest Communications, in Wilmington, Del. He sold the company to the Comcast Corporation in 2000.

Mr. Lenfest, 81, and his wife, Marguerite, 78, pledged $40-million to the American Revolution Center, at Valley Forge, in Wayne, Pa., for a building to house its collection, which has been exhibited at various historical sites. Mr. Lenfest is chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors.

The couple also pledged $30-million to Columbia University for a new arts complex, which will be named for the donors. The money will be paid over five years. Mr. Lenfest graduated from Columbia Law School in 1958 and serves on the university’s Board of Trustees.

The Lenfests also pledged $5-million to the Barnes Foundation, an art museum in Merion, Pa., and Philadelphia. The couple have paid $1-million toward the commitment. The remainder will be paid over the next four years.

—Maria Di Mento

Previous Appearances on the list

Year

Rank

Total donated or pledged

2008

14

$139.9-million

2007

35

$54.9-million

2006

39

$55.7-million

2002

47

$13.4-million

2000

12

$60.0-million

 

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