The Billionaire Who Wasn’t : How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune
by Conor O’Clery
Editor: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
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This substantial update of the best-selling Business Week and Best Book Economist of the Year” tells the story of the mysterious billionaire turned philanthropist, who is determined to give her fortune before he diesChuck Feeney was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to an Irish-American blue-collar family during the Great Depression.After serving in the Korean War, he made his fortune as founder of Duty Free Shoppers, the world’s largest retail franchise chain.In 1988, he was hailed by Forbes Magazine as the twenty-fourth richest living AmericanBut Feeney had already secretly transferred his entire fortune to his foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies.It was only in 1997 when he sold his interest-free duty, he was unmasked as “one of America’s greatest and most mysterious patrons in modern timesAfter going underground” again, he was born in 2005, to cooperate on a biography of the promotion to give, in his lifetimeNow in his mid-seventies, Feeney was determined by his foundation to spend the remaining 4 billion dollars during his lifetime
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