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The Billionaire Who Wasn't : How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune - Conor O'Clery

The Billionaire Who Wasn't

How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune

Paperback Published: 27th August 2013
ISBN: 9781610393348
Number Of Pages: 432

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The astonishing life of the modest New Jersey businessman who anonymously gave away 10 billion dollars and inspired the "giving while living" movement. In this bestselling book, Conor O'Clery reveals the inspiring life story of Chuck Feeney, known as the "James Bond of philanthropy." 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, who had anonymously funded hospitals and universities from San Francisco to Limerick to New York to Brisbane. His example convinced Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to give away their fortunes during their lifetime, known as the giving pledge.

ISBN: 9781610393348
ISBN-10: 1610393341
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 27th August 2013
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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