Wealthy Execs raise more than $9.3 billion; Stanford, Yale & Michigan State Alums Lead Sellers


February 8th, 2016
During the fourth Quarter of 2015, some 4,300+ executives of US public companies sold an astounding $9.3 billion in stock, according to a recent Donor Watch report. The list of wealthy individuals includes many renowned philanthropists, such as Bill Gates, Reed Hastings and Sergey Brin, as well as many lesser known millionaires who are often more discreet about their wealth and their philanthropy efforts. Timing can be everything for non-profits seeking major gifts, so identifying prospects and alums who have recently come across large amounts of cash can be critical to a gift officer's targeting efforts.

The top 10 undergraduate schools with the most alumni on the list include Stanford University, Yale University, Michigan State University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard College, Brown University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Texas and the University of Florida.

Some of the more notable schools with over-representation on this quarter's top prospect list include the College of William and Mary, McGill University, University of Maryland and Fordham University.

Among the top executives on this quarter's list is the Chairman of Constellation Brands, Richard Sands, who raised more than $150 million in cash during the quarter. Mr. Chambers, who was the CEO

  Prospect Profiles - Quick Facts

  Richard Sands
     Accumulated Stock Wealth: $267M
  Current Roles:
     Chairman, Constellation Brands
     Chairman, Cerion Advanced Materials
     University of Vermont
     University of North Carolina - MS & PhD
  Non-Profit Boards:
     Chairman,Education Success Network
     Chairman, Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
     Director, Rochester Institute of Technology
     Director, University of Rochester

  Kevin A. Plank
     Accumulated Stock Wealth: $656M
  Current Roles:
     Chairman & CEO, Under Armour
     University of Maryland - BA & MBA
  Non-Profit Boards:
     University of Maryland College Park
   St. John's College High School

of Constellation from 1993 to 2007, received his undergraduate degree from University of Vermont and holds both a Master's in Social Psychology and PhD in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina.

Mr. Sands currently serves as the Chairman for the Education Success Network, which he founded in 2007. The nonprofit supports high quality schools and educational opportunities for student success across the greater Rochester, NY area. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester.

Another notable executive and philanthropist on this quarter's list is Kevin Plank, the CEO and founder of Under Armour. Mr. Plank raised nearly $90 million by selling large blocks of UA's stock over the quarter. Mr. Plank serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park, where he received both his BA and MBA.

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