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Profile of novelist James Patterson waits until end to tell you about his philanthropy, which includes $1m to independent bookstores and $26m to alma maters.

"Patterson intends to arrange his estate so that about half of his wealth goes to charity, and he hopes that his son, Jack, might someday like to take charge of the giving. His philanthropy at this point is hands-on ('because I think institutions frequently are very sloppy'). He told me that he has no interest in having his name on buildings." -- Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair

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