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The 2017 Philanthropy 50

Philanthropy 50

The Chronicle’s 17th annual ranking of America’s biggest donors features veteran philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates (center) but also several people making their debut on the list, including (left from top) financier Robert Smith, Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings, hotel magnate Elaine Wynn, and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. Philanthropy 50 donors gave away $5.6 billion in 2016.