The Billionaire Who Wasn't

The Billionaire Who Wasn't

How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away A Fortune

eBook - 2007
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Chuck Feeney was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to a blue-collar Irish-American family during the Depression. After service in the Korean War, he made a fortune as founder of Duty Free Shoppers, the world's largest duty-free retail chain. By 1988, he was hailed by Forbes Magazine as the twenty-fourth richest American alive. But secretly Feeney had already transferred all his wealth to his foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies. Only in 1997 when he sold his duty free interests, was he "outed" as one of the greatest and most mysterious American philanthropists in modern times. After going "underground" again, he emerged in 2005 to cooperate on a biography promoting giving while living. Now in his mid-seventies, Feeney is determined his foundation should spend down the remaining 4 billion in his lifetime.
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs c2007
ISBN: 9781610393355
9781586486310
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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JudithE
Dec 21, 2013

I got half-way through this, and it was fairly interesting. I found it a little over-detailed in how Feeney made his money, and a little under-detailed in his reasons for giving that money to universities (and I think to other worthy-of-supporting projects and charities), and doing so anonymously.

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naaappiah
Feb 19, 2013

This is a very interesting book on enterpreneurship and giving. Have made lots of money in his duty-free business. Chuck Feeney decided his life worth be better served if he gave all his money away while he was alive. It is a truly fascinating book.

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