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Looking for New Year Inspiration? Meet Chuck Feeney — The James Bond of Philanthropy

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By Steven Bertoni

In the spring of 2017, I interviewed Chuck Feeney, the founder of  both Duty Free Shoppers and private equity giant General Atlantic — and one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in the world. At least, he used to be.

Photo: David Cantwell
We met in his San Francisco residence near AT&T Park. As a FORBES reporter I’ve visited many billionaire bungalows, but Feeney’s was different from the rest. Small, utilitarian, and humble, you could have mistaken the place for a freshman dorm. The furniture was simple and efficient, the white walls barren except for photos of friends and family — all printed out on computer paper.

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Atlantic Insights: Giving While Living

Forbes senior editor Steven Bertoni contributed the introduction to this book, which traces Atlantic Founder Chuck Feeney’s evolution as a philanthropist and details how his Giving While Living philosophy has influenced Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and other donors who have decided to devote the majority of their fortunes to better humanity.

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