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Journalist, Billionaire and Rugby Legend, All Queensland Greats

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Brisbane Times | [ View Original Source (opens in new window) ]

Chuck Feeney has been named one of Queenslands Greats, an honour bestowed as part of the annual Queensland Day celebrations.

By Lydia Lynch

Charles (Chuck) Feeney is, by global standards, a major philanthropist.

His contribution to Australian philanthropy in general, and to the development of educational, scientific and research infrastructure in Queensland, has been nothing short of game-changing.

In 1982 Mr Feeney founded The Atlantic Philanthropies (TAP), which operated anonymously for its first 15 years and, in all, has donated some $10.9 billion to health, education, science and other social causes.

Since 1990 Mr Feeney, through TAP, has donated $549 million to Australian and Australian-related entities with the majority of that benefaction directed towards Queensland-based initiatives and institutions.

These include The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, and Queensland Brain Institute; Translational Research Institute; QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, and Science and Engineering Centre; QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute; and Griffith University, as well as significant support for the Wesley Medical Research and the Princess Alexandra and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospitals.

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