Does Meg Whitman, one of the richest people in the world, really need charity?
Whitman's Telluride condo and ranch sound like a lovely place to kick back and relax, thanks in part to over a $1 million that her charity spent on preserving the area. The donation was part of a $50 million campaign to keep out new condo development.
The Whitman estate is estimated at around $5 million for the condo, $18 million for the ranch, and $16 million for property around a mountain lake. And the family will continue to enjoy the view, now that they've successfully kept out any encroaching developers.
In contrast, Whitman and her billionaire husband gave just $5,000 to her Presbytarian church here in California. Whitman has often cited her religion as her motivation for fighting against civil rights.
The family also donated $30 million to Princeton, but they've got a horse in that race as well. Whitman's son Will currently attends the school. Recently, Will caused a bit of a kerfuffle when he stormed into the middle of a Princeton softball game and claimed that the field belonged to him.