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Gary and Mary West

Founders, West Corp., West Health Institute, et al

The Wests were technology pioneers in the telemarketing industry, eventually netting $1.45 billion in 2006 from their stake in West Corp. Since then they have dedicated time and resources to advancing sustainable high-quality health care for seniors with the West empire in Carlsbad – including the West Health Institute, West Health Policy Center, and the Gary and Mary West Foundation, which has awarded about 500 grants worth about $200 million.