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Thursday, January 29, 2004

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, whose “gift” of $10 million to New York City in the wake of the September 11th attacks was rebuffed by then New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has now pledged half that amount to the Carter Center Peace and Health programs in Africa. $5 million bucks may sound like a lot of cash and one whopper of a donation, but keep in mind that for somebody like the prince, who’s worth $17.7 billion (and that's down from 2002), donating $5 million is simply the proportional equivalent of someone worth, say, $100,000 donating about $28. The prince isn’t exactly going to have to restructure his portfolio or miss a meal because of this donation, as large and as putatively generous as it is.

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