In an extraordinary donation aimed at training Connecticut’s next generation of workers, the founder of one of the world’s largest hedge funds on Friday announced a five-year $100 million commitment that would be matched by the state and other philanthropists.

Ray Dalio, founder of Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, joined his wife Barbara, who leads the couple’s foundation, in a rare public appearance, along with Gov. Ned Lamont and his wife Annie, in making the announcement.

The funds — which will be matched by $100 million from the state and $100 million from other philanthropists and business leaders — will be used to benefit students in under-resourced communities with a specific focus on communities where there is both a high poverty rate and a high concentration of

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