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February 06, 2011

No. 49 (tied): Iris Cantor

Iris Cantor

Amount donated in 2010: $20-million

Beneficiary: New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Donor’s background: Ms. Cantor is the widow of B. Gerald Cantor, who founded Cantor Fitzgerald, a global securities firm in New York.

Ms. Cantor pledged $20-million to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center to establish a men’s health center, which will be named for Ms. Cantor and is scheduled to open in 2011. A payment schedule was not available.

Ms. Cantor, who previously gave the organization $5-million in 2002 to establish the Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center, said in a written statement that almost 40 percent of the patients treated at the women’s center are men who were brought in by the women in their lives. “This signaled to me that there is a real need for a dedicated men’s health center,” said Ms. Cantor in the statement. “It is time for men to have a place of their own for comprehensive health care.”

— Maria Di Mento

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