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In rare public appearance, Fidelity’s Johnsons honored

He is one of the most important business figures and philanthropists in Massachusetts, yet he is rarely seen in public.

But on Tuesday night, Fidelity Investments chairman Edward ‘‘Ned’’ C. Johnson 3d and his family agreed to deny their nature and soak up a bit of limelight, accepting a Distinguished Bostonians award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, before some 1,600 guests.

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