William Cummings is founder and president of Cummings Properties LLC, a full-service real estate development company.

In 2011, William and his wife, Joyce, made headlines when they revealed that they had donated half of their wealth to charity, and it was revealed last May that the Cummingses actually had donated an astonishing 90-plus percent of their wealth. They had signed the Giving Pledge, started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates.

Cummings is a graduate of Tufts University. He is also the founder of Cummings Foundation Inc. and president of assisted-living center Hew Horizons at Choate LLC and New Horizons at Marlborough Inc.

What was your first job?
On the road, peddling Vicks VapoRub, nationwide

Boston’s best selling points?
There are so many: Boston’s culture, its people, its genuine charm ... even its ever-so-variable weather.

Favorite Boston-area destination?
Boston’s North Shore. We particularly enjoy exploring old Colonial roots, and sometimes just acting like tourists, enjoying all the quaint costal towns.