Charity giant dies – $2M a year

Samuel J. Stroum, a towering figure in Seattle philanthropy, died March 9 after an 11-month fight with pancreatic cancer, The Seattle Times reported March 11.

Stroum, whose wealth was estimated at $50 million to $100 million several years ago, typically gave away $2 million or more a year, particularly after his retirement from business in the mid-1980s, the Times said.

He also helped raised millions more.

Stroum, a leader in Seattle arts, business and Jewish affairs, and reportedly was asked 20 years ago by Mary Gates, the mother of Bill Gates III, to advise the Harvard dropout on this future.

Stroum told Gates to forget Harvard and stick with his plans for what became Microsoft, the Times said.

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