Chuck Feeney, the founder of both Duty Free Shoppers and private equity giant General Atlantic was one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in the world. Feeney has given away more than $8 billion across the world--most of it anonymously.
Feeney approached his philanthropy with the same scrappy business sense and eye for opportunity that he used to turn a gig selling alcohol to U.S. sailors into the billion-dollar Duty Free Shoppers (DFS) empire. For decades, he traveled the world in search of high-value causes. Once discovered, he’d target the problem and would go all in. Feeney’s Irish impact, while substantial, was far from isolated. Atlantic’s projects spread worldwide, with similar initiatives across the U.S., Australia, Viet Nam, and South Africa.
Atlantic maintained complete anonymity until 1997.more » « less
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