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Top 10 charitable gifts of 2008

Despite a recession, wealthy Americans continued to open their wallets last year. Here's a look at the top 10 charitable gifts of 2008.
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Despite an economic recession, America's wealthiest individuals gave record amounts to charity last year.

At least 16 individuals made gifts of $100 million or more in 2008, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. That's more people than ever have done so in the 12 years that The Chronicle has been keeping such a tally.

Below is a list of the top 10 gifts of 2008. (For more details and a complete list of donors, visit The Chronicle.)