THE FINE ART OF GIVING

HERE'S A NEW WAY FOR THE RICH TO KEEP SCORE: SLATE'S LIST OF THE BIGGEST GIVERS

In the game of life, some believe, accumulated wealth is the way the score is kept. Thus it's not enough to count your blessings in multimillions of dollars and want for nothing. It matters who is ahead and who is falling behind, as calibrated by Forbes magazine's annual listing of the 400 richest Americans. Or so billionaire Ted Turner believes. Last summer he told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, "That list is destroying our country," claiming that the "ole skinflints" are so afraid of slipping down the Forbes list--"their Super Bowl"--that they hoard, rather than share, their wealth.

Turner issued...

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