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Peter B. Lewis

He owns more than 8 million shares of Progressive Corp., the Mayfield Village insurance provider that turned a $411 million profit last year, but he doesn't keep it all for himself. The checks Peter B. Lewis cuts museums and universities typically have eight digits in the amount box. Thanks to Lewis, Case Western campus tours now feature a Frank Gehry and not some stupid bell. Lewis's noblest gesture, however, was his $7 million gift to the American Civil Liberties Union. Any egomaniac with a spare million can put his name on a children's burn unit. It takes cojones to endow an organization that defends the rights of Klansmen and pornographers.

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