Late NFL owner gives $1bn donation - largest in 2014

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Ralph Wilson, Jr., the billionaire owner of the Buffalo Bills football team, gave the largest individual donation of the year, according to a ranking from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

CNN Money reports a manufacturing magnate, Wilson passed away at the age of 95 in March and left $1bn to his family foundation, which works to help homeless and poor families in Buffalo and Detroit.

Last year's top donation of $990m came from Zuckerberg, the 30-year old founder of Facebook.

This year's second largest gift year came from Ted Stanley, an 83-year old Connecticut billionaire, who pledged $650m to support research in mental health.

Stanley, who made his fortune selling sports memorabilia and other collectables, has a personal connection to the cause. He told The New York Times that his son, Jonathan, has a bipolar disorder and that medication saved his life.

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