As vice president and head of global philanthropic services at Chase Manhattan Corp., Marlene Hess earns her money helping wealthy people give away theirs.

She is well equipped for the work. Daughter of oil and gasoline industry magnate Leon Hess - the former owner of the New York Jets football team who died last year at 85 - Ms. Hess grew up in a family "that did a lot of philanthropy across the board.

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