The 50 Most Generous Donors of 2012

America's biggest donors committed a total of more than $7.4-billion to nonprofits in 2012. Click on any photo to learn how much each donor gave last year, where the money went, biographical information, and more.

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Development: Derek Lieu

Reporting: Maria Di Mento, Caroline Preston, and Sarah Frostenson

Data: Emily Gipple

Photo research: Sue Lalumia and Emma Carew-Grovum

Photo credits:

Kin Cheung/AP Images, Dave M. Benett/Getty Images, Laura Burlton, Marty Lederhandler/AP Images, Mario Tama/Getty Images, Mark Washburn Photography, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Krista Kennell/Sipa Press/Newscom, Mark Lennihan/AP Images, Lane Hickenbottom/Reuters/Newscom, McMullan Co/SIPA/Newscom, Mary Knox Merrill/Northeastern University, Gregg DeGuire/WireImage/Getty Images, Matt Cardy/Getty Images Europe, Paul A. Hebert/FilmMagic/Getty Images, David Duprey/AP Images, Anila Preston/Help a Child Trust Foundation, Monie Photography, Columbia University Medical Center, Sylvain Gaboury/ Images, Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images, Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images, Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times/Redux, Peter Foley/Bloomberg/Getty Images, Mark Beane, Loyola University Chicago, Claremont McKenna College, Matt McClain/Washington Post/Getty Images, Michael Murdock/Splash News/Newscom, Jurek Wajdowicz/EWS, Barcroft Media/Landov, Scott Eells/Bloomberg/Getty Images