Maguire's billion backs St. Joe's, Philly schools

Fifty years after he went into the insurance business, James J. Maguire - marathon runner, father of eight - sold his publicly-traded speciality insurer, Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corp., to Tokyo Marine in 2008. The price: $6.7 billion. The Maguire family's stake: $1 billion.

Maguire, at 79, is now one of the region's top philanthropists, backing causes like his alma mater, St. Joseph's University, which once sent him packing but gave him a second chance, as well as Philadelphia public, private and parochial schools.

His autobiography, Just Show Up Every Day, is an unusually candid self-appraisal of a CEO's choices in life, for good and bad. And he still runs four miles, four days a week. More in my story in today's Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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