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Here's something you may already have in common with the very wealthy, at least if you're among those earning less than $100,000 who recently increased the percentage of income donated to charity: Self-made billionaires are generous, too, outdonating people who married into or inherited wealth. Maybe they're more inclined to help others who are in situations they were once in themselves (education tops the list of causes they support). Or perhaps they've realized what self-made billionaire and "extreme philanthropist" Chuck Feeney would say: "You'll get more satisfaction from [giving to charity] than having houses you'll never live in, or yachts that you can't spend your time on."
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