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Chuck Feeney

American businessman

Charles Francis "Chuck" Feeney (born April 23, 1931)[1] is an Irish-American businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies, one of the largest private foundations in the world.

Chuck Feeney
Born
Charles Francis Feeney

(1931-04-23) April 23, 1931 (age 88)
CitizenshipIreland & United States
Alma materSt. Mary of the Assumption High School Cornell University
Occupation
Spouse(s)m. Helga Feeney
ChildrenJuliette, Caroleen, Diane, Leslie and Patrick

Feeney made his fortune as a co-founder of the Duty Free Shoppers Group, which pioneered the idea of duty-free shopping. Feeney gave away his fortune in secret for many years, until a business dispute resulted in his identity being revealed in 1997.[2] Over the course of his life, Feeney has given away more than $8 billion.[3]

Feeney is known for his frugality, living in a rented apartment, not owning a car or a house, and flying economy-class.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dwyer, Jim (2007-09-26). "Out of Sight, Till Now, and Giving Away Billions". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  2. Miller, Judith (1997-01-23). "He Gave Away $600 Million, and No One Knew". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  3. Dwyer, Jim (2017-01-05). "'James Bond of Philanthropy' Gives Away the Last of His Fortune". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  4. Taoiseach launches Chuck Feeney Biography at Trinity College Dublin

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