18. New Jersey : David Tepper
After posting one of the greatest five-year performance stretches the hedge fund industry has ever seen, Tepper’s 2014 was relatively unremarkable. His big Palomino fund returned 2.2% net of fees in 2014. Tepper’s Appaloosa Management hedge fund firm now manages some $20 billion.
Tepper gave $67 million to Carnegie Mellon University in 2013, adding to the $55 million he previously gave the university. He has continued to support other causes like basic needs and education.