Chaminade High School
, his alma mater, vaulted him right among the big boys (and girls) of American philanthropy last year.
According to Slate
and the Chronicle of Philanthropy
, Viragh landed at number 32, between Oprah Winfrey ($41.4 million) and Ted Turner ($13.2 million).
The pancreatic cancer that Viragh learned he had in 2003 took him so fast, he didn't have time to work out any charitable bequests in his will. But he did have enough time to tell his brothers that he wanted to give a whole lot to Chaminade, from which he graduated
in 1959. It took several years of deliberation to finalize the gift.
Chaminade's going to use
the cash to build an arts center, complete with a 1,000-seat auditorium.
Viragh was a pioneer in leveraged index funds
and the founder of the Maryland-based Rydex Fund Group, says an article
in The Washington Post
. Public records show he lived in Rockville, Maryland, at the time of his death.
The $28 million bequest that the late Albert "Skip" Viragh left