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February 06, 2011

No. 41 (tied): Dyson family

Amount donated in 2010: $25-million

Beneficiary: Cornell University

Donors’ background: The Dyson brothers—John S. Dyson, Peter L. Dyson, and Robert R. Dyson— pledged $25-million to Cornell University to establish a school of applied economics and management, which will be named for the Dysons’ father, Charles H. Dyson.

John S. Dyson, a former deputy mayor of New York, founded Millbrook Capital Management, a New York investment firm that operates a hedge fund, a manufacturing company, and a winery. Peter L. Dyson is president of Dyson, Dyson and Dunn, a private-equity firm in Winnetka, Ill. Robert R. Dyson is chairman of the Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation, a holding company in New York.

John S. Dyson graduated from Cornell in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics; and Robert R. Dyson earned a master’s degree in business administration. at the university in 1974. A payment schedule was not available.

— Maria Di Mento

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