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February 06, 2011

No. 49 (tied): Albert P. (Skip) Viragh

Amount donated in 2010: $20-million

Beneficiary: Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

Donor’s background: Mr. Viragh founded the Rydex SGI, a mutual-fund company in Rockville, Md.

Mr. Viragh, who was 62 when he died in 2003, bequeathed $20-million to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, to establish a center for pancreatic-cancer research and patient care. The research center will be named for Mr. Viragh.

The donor was a patient at the cancer center and died from the disease. He made smaller donations to the medical institution before his death, according to executors of his estate.

Mr. Viragh ranked No. 32 on the 2009 Philanthropy 50 list for a $28-million bequest he left that year to Chaminade College Preparatory School, in St. Louis, and while his executors would not disclose how much more in bequests they intend to award, they confirmed they plan to give away more in the coming years. —Maria Di Mento

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Total donated or pledged



$28.0-million (bequest)


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