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A look at Harvard’s largest gifts

John A. Paulson with then-Harvard President Drew Faust after Paulson’s $400 million donation was announced. PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF PHOTO

Here is a recap of the largest gifts Harvard University has received:

■  $400 million, in 2015, from the billionaire hedge fund manager John A. Paulson to support the engineering school, which was renamed the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

■  $350 million, in 2014, from the family charity of Hong Kong billionaire Gerald Chan, to the School of Public Health. The school was renamed the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, in honor of Gerald Chan’s late father.

 $200 million, announced Thursday, from Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik to the medical school. The school’s 10 academic departments in science and social science — as distinguished from the affiliated hospitals where postgraduate training takes place — will be called the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School.


■  $150 million, in 2014, from hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin. At least $125 million was directed for undergraduate financial aid.

$125 million, 2013, from Swiss entrepreneur Hansjörg Wyss, to support a multidisciplinary bioengineering research institute that bears his name. In 2009, Wyss also donated $125 million to found the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

 $100 million, 2008, from David Rockefeller. A portion of the gift was directed to fund study abroad.

Sources: news reports; Chronicle of Higher Education.