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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Conor O’Clery Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781596592292
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In 1988, Forbes magazine hailed Chuck Feeney as the 23rd richest American alive. No one knew until then that he was extremely wealthy. Or was he?

Born during the Depression in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Feeney had made a fortune as co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers, the world's largest duty-free retail chain. How he did it is one of the great untold retail stories of modern times.

The greater untold story is that Feeney had in fact given away his fortune, in its totality, to endow Atlantic Philanthropies—one of the most generous and secretive philanthropic funds in the world. Atlantic Philanthropies is committed to giving away all its assets—currently they stand at $4 billion—during the next decade, an unprecedented example of the "giving while living" philosophy. Through the achievements of Atlantic Philanthropies, Chuck Feeney's influence has become even more impressive than his wealth.

Feeney is a frugal man who travels economy class and does not own a house or a car. He has largely kept out of the public eye until now. He has revealed his secret life only because he hopes his story will encourage something in which he passionately believes: that rich individuals have a moral obligation to put their wealth to good use while they are alive.

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  • “A smart business book detailing some vicissitudes of retailing, wrapped in a vivid biography of an engaging tycoon.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “You may never read a book as uplifting as Conor O'Clery's The Billionaire Who Wasn't: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune.

    Washington Post's Express

  • “Feeney's beneficence already ranks among the grandest of any living American and may someday make him the most generous American philanthropist of all time.”

    Time 

  • “Conor O'Clery's fine and insightful portrait rightly ensures that this distinguished Irish-American is no longer unsung.”

    Bertie Ahern, Irish Prime Minister

  • “Chuck Feeney is what Donald Trump would be if he led his entire existence backwards.”

    New York Post

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About the Author

Conor O’Clery lived and worked in Russia during the final years of the Soviet Union as Moscow correspondent for theIrish Times. He won journalist of the year in Ireland for his reporting from the Soviet Union and again in 2002 for his first-hand accounts of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. He is GlobalPost’s Ireland correspondent and is the author of several books, including The Billionaire Who Wasn’t, Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union, and Ireland in Quotes: A History of the 20th Century. 

About the Narrator

Erik Synnestvedt has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers as well as for the Library of Congress Talking Books for the Blind program. They include The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak, A Game as Old as Empire edited by Steven Hiatt, and Twitter Power by Joel Comm.