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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Conor O’Clery Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kuen | 12/31/2013

    " Can say much about the writing but the subject topic is worth every read if you are interested in non-fiction and one of the very understated philanthropic person/ organization of our time. thumbs up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 10/14/2013

    " This was a great book about a great man. Truly an inspirational human being. I highly recommend this book to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 10/9/2013

    " Fascinating story of a secretive man who had huge impact. Such a contrast to our notions of men of wealth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 6/19/2013

    " Should've been a more inspiring story, but the writing was tedious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deo | 9/13/2012

    " Clearly a favorite. Very interesting. Story of Duty free shops "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dane | 5/17/2012

    " One of the best books I ever read - captivating, inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penelope | 3/29/2012

    " Fascinating story of the evolution of one of today's most influential philanthropists. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because I thought it was overly positive and flattering of Chuck Feeney. It's understandable given the kind of access the author was given, but it was still a bit annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 9/12/2011

    " If you're interested in the background and personalities behind smart businesses, then check out this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Gardner | 9/1/2011

    " I say it was OK only b/c I think the subject is interesting. The author can't write and the editors didn't do their job. I muddled through this for about three weeks and now I'm giving up. I wish someone else had written this book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 4/20/2011

    " A good read about a fascinating individual. Not the best book I've ever read, but a remarkable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 4/9/2011

    " A great contrarian way of life, evoking thoughts of "need" vs "want". Yes, poorly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penelope | 2/24/2011

    " Fascinating story of the evolution of one of today's most influential philanthropists. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because I thought it was overly positive and flattering of Chuck Feeney. It's understandable given the kind of access the author was given, but it was still a bit annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 10/14/2010

    " A great contrarian way of life, evoking thoughts of "need" vs "want". Yes, poorly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deo | 9/10/2009

    " Clearly a favorite. Very interesting. Story of Duty free shops "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 2/22/2009

    " Should've been a more inspiring story, but the writing was tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/3/2009

    " A good read about a fascinating individual. Not the best book I've ever read, but a remarkable story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulliny | 10/12/2008

    " If you're interested in the background and personalities behind smart businesses, then check out this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 10/21/2007

    " I say it was OK only b/c I think the subject is interesting. The author can't write and the editors didn't do their job. I muddled through this for about three weeks and now I'm giving up. I wish someone else had written this book!! "

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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.