How Chuck Feeney Made and Gave Away a Fortune

  • by Conor O'Clery
  • Narrated by Erik Synnestvedt
  • 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1988 Forbes magazine hailed Chuck Feeney as the 23rd richest American alive. No one knew until then that he was extremely wealthy. Or was he?
Born during the Depression in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Feeney had made a fortune as co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers, the world's largest duty-free retail chain. How he did it is one of the great untold retail stories of modern times.
The greater untold story is that Feeney had in fact given away his fortune, in its totality, to endow Atlantic Philanthropies - one of the most generous and secretive philanthropic funds in the world. Atlantic Philanthropies is committed to giving away all its assets - currently they stand at $4 billion - during the next decade, an unprecedented example of the "giving while living" philosophy. Through the achievements of Atlantic Philanthropies, Chuck Feeney's influence has become even more impressive than his wealth.
Feeney is a frugal man who travels economy class and does not own a house or a car. He has largely kept out of the public eye - until now. He has revealed his secret life only because he hopes his story will encourage something in which he passionately believes: that rich individuals have a moral obligation to put their wealth to good use while they are alive.

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What the Critics Say

"A smart business book detailing some vicissitudes of retailing, wrapped in a vivid biography of an engaging tycoon." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Amazing lifestory

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Very Interesting.
Amazing story of Chuck Fenney. The book should be a must read to all Billionaires!!! Interesting for the personal side of the story but also for the account of how Dutty Free Shop become an amazing company


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- Luiz Andrade "A Regular Consumer"

Absolutely brilliant book!

What an inspiring story! The most generous, unpretentious and kindest man on the planet. He altered the direction of Ireland through enormous third level education funding and helped bring peace to Northern Ireland. Funded hospitals in Vietnam and Australia, South African Universities and medical research centers in America and throughout the world. All given anonymously in the spirit of helping people, selflessly. Anyone who reads the Chuck Feeney story will be inspired to do more good in the world.
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- Kathleen R. Duffy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2013
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC