Leonard L. Abess is no stranger to helping people. When he sold The City National Bank of Florida in 2008 (for $1.17 billion) he actually gave his staff a $60 million bonus to split between them. In addition, two years earlier, together with his wife Jane, he donated $5 million to the University of Miami (where he is a Trustee). With this money the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy was opened.
Abess and his wife also funded the Environment Policy Center at the University of Miami along with a Floating Research Station in the Brazilian Amazon and Miami Country Day School’s Abess Center for Environment Studies.