San Antonio's John Santikos donated more than Gates, Bloomberg, Walton in 2015

San Antonio's John Santikos donated more than Gates, Bloomberg, Walton in 2015

SAN ANTONIO — The late John L. Santikos gave away the second-most money of any American to charity in 2015, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Santikos' estate in December made a donation of $605 million in assets to the San Antonio Area Foundation, billed as the largest gift in local history.

The $605 million donation represented the bulk of the estate of John L. Santikos, who died in December 2014 at age 87. It more than tripled the $290 in assets that the area foundation previously administered.

The huge donation put the local businessman ahead of billionaires like Michael Bloomberg ($510 million), Bill Gates ($272 million), Alice Walton ($224 million) and the Koch brothers.

The only other American to donate more money than the movie-theater mogul was Richard Mellon Scaife, a conservative billionaire who died in July 2014, but "directed $758.9 million in bequests to two private foundations, a museum, and an environmental group" through his will, which was carried out in 2015, according to the Chronicle.

Before his death, Santikos identified areas of interest for his charitable giving: medical research; arts and culture; public libraries, parks and museums; education; and people in need, such as seniors and victims of child abuse and disasters.

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The estate of John L. Santikos made the largest charitable donation in the U.S. in 2015, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Earlier this month, the estate made a donation of $605 million in assets to the San Antonio Area Foundation, billed as the largest gift in local history.
The second-place finisher in the Chronicle’s list was a $400 million pledge to Harvard University by John Paulson, founder of the Paulson & Co. hedge fund, and his wife, Jenny.
The Atlantic Philanthropies was in third for a $177 million donation to establish the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College and the University of California at San Francisco, according to the Chronicle.
The $605 million donation represented the bulk of the estate of John L. Santikos, who died in December 2014 at age 87. It more than tripled the $290 in assets that the area foundation previously administered.
Before his death, Santikos identified areas of interest for his charitable giving: medical research; arts and culture; public libraries, parks and museums; education; and people in need, such as seniors and victims of child abuse and disasters.
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