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
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.