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Published February 08, 2011, 12:00 AM

Sanford ranks third among philanthropists

Denny Sanford, the primary benefactor of namesake Sanford Health, was rated No. 3 among top major givers during 2010 in a ranking by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Denny Sanford, the primary benefactor of namesake Sanford Health, was rated No. 3 among top major givers during 2010 in a ranking by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Sanford donated $162.5 million last year, with the Sanford Health Foundation the biggest beneficiary. He gave $100 million to establish a national institute devoted to research and treatment of breast cancer.

Sanford, 75, also gave $50 million to bolster research programs at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Santa Barbara, Calif.

George Soros of New York City, who gave $332 million, was ranked No. 1, followed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gave $279.2 million.

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