Slate has published its list of America’s top 60 givers, and the expected individuals appear (Bill Gates, $350 million; George Soros, $150 million) generally donating money to advance medicine, education, science and technology research and social causes. But there are also plenty of names we admit we’ve never heard of. When it comes to the arts, the leading donors by far are Eli and Edythe Broad, the billionaire couple behind the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the newly established Broad Art Foundation.
As for Texans, the top name (#9) is former governor Bill Clements for his $100 million donation to UT Southwestern Medical Foundation. Also included are W. A. (Tex) Moncrief, Jr. (#48) for his $18 million to UT for computational engineering and Steve and Carol Aaron for the $15 million bequest they gave the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation to be distributed to area organizations.