Jim Pugh

He made his money as a developer and remains chairman of Epoch Properties, but he has built his influence through philanthropy. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts never would have been built if not for his doggedness and the millions he has donated; he is the chairman of the effort, and a performance hall at the $500 million facility bears his name. He has donated at least $5 million to his alma mater, the University of Florida, and is a major Democratic fund-raiser.
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