Billionaire Gives His $8,000,000,000 Fortune Away To Charity Before He Dies

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When you mention the word billionaire, the first thought to come to mind probably isn’t charitable.

But one extremely generous billionaire has decided to do something a little less conventional with his money…


Travel the world, buy several houses and treat your family.

As they say, you can’t take it with you.

Or would you give it all away to a good cause?

As he donated $8 billion of it to various charities.

Eighty-nine-year-old Charles ‘Chuck’ Feeney started the Duty-Free airport business in 1960, which made him a multi-billionaire. Despite his wealth, he wanted to die without any of it in his bank.

And he seems to have kept his promise, as this September, he donated more than $8 billion to charities, universities, and foundations.

“$3.7 billion to was given to education, with $1 billion going to his alma mater Cornell, more than $870 million to human rights and social change including $62 million in grants to abolish the death penalty in the US and $76 million for campaigns supporting the passage of Obamacare.”

He also gave more than $700 million to health causes close to his heart, with some going to help fund public healthcare in Vietnam, and $176 million going to the Global Brain Health Institute at the University of California.

He was a strong believer in “Giving While Living…”

“We learned a lot. We would do some things differently, but I am very satisfied. I feel very good about completing this on my watch,” Feeney said. “My thank to all who joined us on this journey. And to those wondering bout Giving While Living: try it, you’ll like it.”

He is incredibly modest, and has given away money anonymously in the past, under the name “James Bond of Philanthropy.”

“I see little reason to delay giving when so much good can be achieved through supporting worthwhile causes. Besides, it’s a lot more fun to give while you live than give while you’re dead,” he said last year.

Feeney and his wife, Helga Feeney, celebrated over Zoom with close friends and business partners, including a message from Bill Gates!

In it’s prime, Atlantic Philanthropies had more than 300 employees and 10 offices worldwide.

He currently lives in San Francisco, his home now contains a special plaque on the wall saying: “Congratulations to Chuck Feeney for $8 billion of philanthropic giving.”

“Chuck was a cornerstone in terms of inspiration for the Giving Pledge,” Warren Buffett said. “He’s a model for us all. It’s going to take me 12 years after my death to get done what he’s doing within his lifetime.”

“Chuck created a path for other philanthropists to follow. I remember meeting him before starting the Giving Pledge. He told me we should encourage people not to give just 50 percent but as much as possible during their lifetime. No one is a better example of that than Chuck. Many people talk to me about how he inspired them. It is truly amazing.”

“Chuck took giving to a bigger extreme than anyone. There’s a lot of rich people, very few of them fly coach. He never spent the money on himself and gave everything away. A lot of people are now understanding the importance of giving it away, and the importance of being involved in the things you give your money to.”

What an incredible gesture of kindness to leave behind.

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