1. Stanford University ($931.57 million)
2. Harvard University ($792.26 million)
3. University of Southern California ($674.51 million)
4. Columbia University ($646.66 million)
5. Johns Hopkins University ($518.57 million)
6. University of Pennsylvania ($506.61 million)
7. Cornell University ($474.96 million)
8. New York University ($449.34 million)
9. Yale University ($444.17 million)
10. Duke University ($423.66 million)
No real surprises here, but I would suggest that some of the rich alumni of these schools throw their cash around a little more widely. Stanford and Harvard really do not need a bigger endowment, for instance.
I don't mind at all, of course, folks giving to colleges and universities, as these are great multipliers. But ponder a bit about schools that might be just a bit more needy than some of these.
And this counts as my socialist, share the wealth post of the year.