Generosity of Leonard L. Abess

university-floridaLeonard 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.


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