Ira A. Fulton

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Ira A. Fulton (born November 12, 1931 in Tempe, Arizona) is an Arizona philanthropist, land developer, businessman and founder of Fulton Homes. In 2006, BusinessWeek listed Fulton 36th on its list of "The 50 Most Generous Philanthropists.".[1] The Arizona Legislature has also recognized his generosity.[2]

According to BusinessWeek, Fulton and his wife had given away about $265 million, approximately 60% of their net worth as of 2005.[3] Major recipients include Arizona State University (ASU), Brigham Young University (BYU),[4] the University of Utah,[5] Utah Valley University,[6] the Huntsman Cancer Foundation,[7] and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A major donation project by Fulton for Utah Valley University happened in 2007, and in 2014 he pledged to donate $1 million towards Brigham Young University's new engineering building. In 2004 and 2005 the Fultons had donated $20 million to BYU to create 4 chairs named for Mary Lou Fulton.[8] By October 2015, they had given $50 million to Brigham Young University including $20 million donated in October 1999 to help the Lighting the Way Campaign reach an even $400 million.[9]

Both Arizona State's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering[10] and BYU's Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology[11] are named after Fulton. Additionally, the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at Arizona State University and the Fulton Supercomputing Lab at Brigham Young University are named for his wife.[12][13]

Fulton played football while a student at Arizona State University. Before becoming a real estate developer Fulton owned a wide variety of businesses, including factories, insurance companies, auto parts stores and tire stores. One of his most successful businesses was a men's clothing chain he owned from 1976 to 1995.[14]

Fulton was one of Arizona's presidential electors in the 2004 election.[15]

At Brigham Young University, Fulton has been a primary force behind formation of the BYU Center for Animation.[16]

Fulton's wife, Mary Lou, died in October 2015.


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