As retailed by my father:
Leonard Wolfson and his parents – he was their only child – were founder trustees of the Wolfson Foundation in 1955. Endowed with £6 million worth of GUS shares, its objectives were the advancement of health, education, science, the arts and humanities. The trust multiplied in value more than a hundredfold, and its website now records that funds stand at £750 million, with more than £1 billion (at current values) having been given away.
Among the most notable of the beneficiaries are Wolfson College, Oxford, which was jointly funded by the Ford Foundation and founded in 1966 with Sir Isaiah Berlin as its president; and Wolfson College, Cambridge, which opened in 1977.
Bumptious Jewish tradesman rolls up to ancient university.
\”I\’d like to make a donation\”.
\”You\’ll have to name the new college after me\”
\”New college? No, no, we\’ll add a wing or a library to one of the existing ones\”
\”No name, no new college, no money\”.
\”Well, umm, how much did you say you wanted to donate?\”
\”What did you say your name was?\”