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These married tech billionaires donated $165 million to preserve a pristine stretch of California's coastline


This is the spot where California bends inland ... This particular piece of land caused some hand-wringing when it was sold for $140 million to some real estate developers in 2007, who ultimately were never able to develop it. The Dangermonds are major ...


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Tech Finance Politics Strategy Life All Tech Finance Politics Strategy Life All (function() { 'use strict'; // Notify the DFP code that a new ad has just been rendered amplify.publish('adRender'); }()); × From To You have successfully emailed the post. × These married tech billionaires donated $165 million to preserve a pristine stretch of California's coastline Julie Bort Dec26, 2017, 7:33 PM 50,846 facebook linkedin twitter email print Jack and Laura Dangermond Esri Jack and Laura Dangermond, tech billionaires known as the parents of the digital mapping industry, have made the single largest private donation to The Nature Conservancy to date. They've given $165 million so the Conservancy can purchase an iconic, pristine stretch of undeveloped coastline in California. This is the spot where California bends inlandIt can be seen from space. Not all tech billionaires have been known to act with such generosity when it comes to California's ecological wonders. Here's a feel good story for your holiday seasonIn the single largest philanthropic gift The Nature Conservancy says it has ever received, tech moguls Jack and Laura Dangermond are donating $165 million to the organization. The money is earmarked to purchase and permanently protect an iconic, pristine stretch of California's coastline: the 24,000-acre Cojo/Jalama Ranch at Point Conception in Santa Barbara CountyThe land includes eight miles of coastline and centuries-old coastal oaks. This land is the point where California's coast bends inward, and is visible from spaceIt's a rare mix of warm and cold water that is home to at least 39 species of threatened or special status, the Nature Conservancy saysAnimal life includes whales, porpoises, mountain lions and Monarch butterfliesSome people go as far as to say that this spot is more beautiful than the national parks Yosemite or Yellowstone. Point Conception in Santa Barbara Google Earth The married Dangermonds, known for their outdoorsy ways, fell in love with this land in the 1960's during their honeymoon coastal camping trip, they told Forbes' Miguel Helft.  The Dangermonds founded Esri, their best-known venture, in 1969 with $1,100 of their personal savingsEsri basically invented digital mappingWhile Google's and Apple's maps get all the attention in the consumer world, Esri is the biggest player in the commercial market for digital maps todayForbes estimates that the pair is worth $4 billion. This particular piece of land caused some hand-wringing when it was sold for $140 million to some real estate developers in 2007, who ultimately were never able to develop it. The Dangermonds are major conservationists, who give their mapping software away for free to thousands of nongovernmental organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which uses it to fight the spread of disease in Africa, as well as to many wildlife and nature conservation groupsThe National Audubon Society has previously awarded the couple the Audubon Medal, one of the highest honors in conservation.  Point Conception in Santa Barbara County The Nature Conservancy This act by the Dangermonds acts as a counterpoint the image of how tech tycoons can sometimes behave towards California's ecological wondersFor instance, the billionaire cofounder of Sun Microsystems and VC Vinod Khosla blocked public access to a public beach after he purchased the 89-acre property surrounding the beach in 2009. He was sued by an environmental group and after years of court battles, was ordered to open access again earlier this year. 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