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Updated Jan 4, 2014 - 8:01 pm

The most philanthropic billionaires of 2013

During the holidays, especially, we are often told that it is better to give than to receive.

Some philanthropists took that mantra to heart and gave in a really big way in 2013.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a list featuring the top 10 gifts of last year and the 10 billionaires listed gave a total of over $3.4 billion to charities, organizations and learning institutions.

The top five most charitable donations are below.

• #5 -- Real estate developer and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross pledged $200 million to the athletic department and the business school at the University of Michigan, his alma mater.

• #4 -- Financier Charles Johnson of Franklin Templeton Investments pledged $250 million at Yale University, his alma mater, for new residential college buildings. Johnson is also the principal owner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

• #3 -- Businessman and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged $350 million to Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater, hoping to promote cross-disciplinary studies and student financial aid.

• #2 -- Philip Knight, co-founder of Nike, and his wife, Penelope, pledged $500 million to Oregon Health and Science University Foundation to aid in cancer research. Knight is also an Oregon native.

• #1 -- Social media mogul Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, "provided 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $990-million, to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation." Zuckerberg and his wife ranked No. 2 on the 2012 most charitable list.

Real estate heiress Muriel Block, real estate developer John Arrillaga, Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, Berkshire Hathaway VP Charles Munger and businessman David Koch rounded out the top 10.

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