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

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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.

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Conor O'Clery is an award-winning journalist and author who served as foreign correspondent for The Irish Times in London, Moscow, Beijing, Washington, and New York. He has written books on Russian, Irish, and American politics. He now lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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'RivetingA...a genuinely fascinating bookA... As one might expect from the best Irish reporter of modern times, O'Clery turns his prodigious research and mastery of sometimes intricate detail into a tight, pacy, crystal-clear narrative.'Irish TimesA"Feeney himself emerges as a complex character, a driven and hard-nosed businessman who asked himself profound questions about the purpose of wealth, and who seems to have devoted as much energy to giving money away as he did to making itA... For America's new generation of internet and private equity billionaires, this is an exemplary tale.A"FT

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