T. Boone Pickens speaks during October 2008 ceremonies dedicating a 21-story, 730,000-square-foot T. Boone Pickens Academic Tower on the campus of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Pickens, a longtime supporter of the institution, in 2007 challenged the Houston-based, world-recognized center devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention to grow his foundation’s gift of $50 million, its largest to date, to $500 million over 25 years.

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