Chuck Feeney is almost certainly the greatest philanthropist the world has ever seen. Over the last 30 years, the retail magnate had a single-minded mission: to give away his entire fortune, at one time worth almost R100 billion.
It seems he has succeeded; his current net worth less than $1.5 million (R19.8 million).
People used to ask me how I got my jollies, and I guess I’m happy when what I’m doing is helping people and unhappy when what I’m doing isn’t helping people. — Chuck Feeney
Feeney quietly funneled billions into education, science, healthcare, and civil rights in South Africa, the US, Australia, Vietnam, Bermuda and Ireland. Few living people have given away their fortune so completely. Feeney obsessively hid his massive donations.
Many charities had no clue where the piles of cash were coming from; those that did were sworn to secrecy. He was, of course, eventually outed by Forbes, but he tries to keep his good work as hidden as possible.
To maximize the impact of his donations, Feeney leveraged every dollar he gave away, using the promise of a substantial donation to force governments and other donors to match.
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