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If you were heir to a vast fortune, what would you do with your money?

A. Have a library built in my name, wherein students will toil for ETERNITY

B. Make like Keanu Reeves: feel embarrassed about my wealth and give it away 

C. I’m hoarding it like a dragon, and I better see my name on Forbes’ stingiest billionaires list

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The correct answer is A., Warren Buffet. According to Forbes, in 2022 the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway had donated $46.1 billion of his $115.6 billion in wealth. Bill and Melinda Gates came in second on the list, George Soros third, and MacKenzie Scott, fifth.

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