Leonard Abess Jr.

CATEGORY: Philanthropists
COMPANY: City National Bank of Florida

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: Last year, Abess, the CEO of City National Bank of Florida, restored hope for the American employee with his unprecedented generous gesture. After selling his majority stake in the bank that his father co-founded, he dispersed $60 million of his $945 million windfall to individual tellers, bookkeepers, clerks, and every other staffer on the payroll, and even some who weren’t anymore. He was rewarded with presidential recognition in 2009.

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