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

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PublicAffairs, Sep 25, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 337 pages
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In 1988 Forbes Magazine hailed Chuck Feeney as the twenty-third richest American alive. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey to a blue-collar Irish-American family during the Depression, a veteran of the Korean War, he had made a fortune as co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers, the world's largest duty-free retail chain. 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. A frugal man who travels economy class and does not own a house or a car, Feeney then went "underground" again, until he decided in 2005 to cooperate in a biography to promote giving-while-living. Now in his mid-seventies, he is determined his foundation should spend the remaining 4 billion in his lifetime. The Billionaire Who Wasn't is a tale of one of the greatest untold retail triumphs of the twentieth century, and of what happens to a unique man and his family when confronted with wealth beyond imagining.
 

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THE BILLIONAIRE WHO WASN'T: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Dublin-based journalist O'Clery presents an archetypal American success story, a rags-to-riches account with a twist.Few people had heard of Charles Francis Feeney in 1988 when Forbes outed him as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peterabun - LibraryThing

Very interesting story. I know the subject somewhat as I worked for his company for about four years. This is a really good story, poorly told. It gets pretty boring in spots. Chuck Feeney is a very ... Read full review

Contents

The Umbrella Boy
3
The Sandwich Man
10
Banging the Ring
16
Cockamamy Flyers
23
Riding the Tiger
30
The Perfect Storm
42
The Sandwich Islands
55
Hong Kong Crocodiles
67
Show Me the Building
175
Four Guys in a Coffee Shop
184
PART THREE Breaking Up
195
The French Connection
197
Musical Chairs
207
Cutting the Baby in Half
213
Erreur Stratégique
222
PART FOUR Giving It Away
231

Surrounding Japan
77
PART TWO Going Underground
85
How Much Is Rich?
87
Boremuda
97
Four Guys in a Room
107
Rich Man Poor Man
115
Dont Ask Dont Tell
125
The Luck of the Irish
133
Leaving Money on the Table
143
Rich Ruthless and Determined
150
The Wise Man Cometh
160
Stepping Down
168
A Great Op
233
Golden Heart
244
Bowerbird
256
A Nation Transformed
267
Charity Begins at Home
286
Geographical Creep
293
The Old Turks
300
No Pockets in a Shroud
309
Not a Moment to Lose
320
INDEX
331
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About the author (2007)

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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