Adrienne Arsht makes her debut this year on the The Chronicle of Philanthropy's top 50 American philanthropists, thanks largely to her donation last year of $30 million to the downtown performing arts center that now bears her name. In total, Arsht donated
$43.3 million in 2008, placing her at number 39. Blair
, the University of Miami
, American Ballet Theatre, Best Buddies, the
United Way of Greater Miami
, The Metropolitan Opera, and the Cuban National
Council were other organizations that benefited from her generosity.
Infamous hotel tyrant, Leonna Hemsley took the top spot by bequeathing $5.2 billion in her will.