Billionaire Chuck Feeney donated most of his fortune anonymously.

Billionaire Chuck Feeney donated most of his fortune anonymously.

You probably hear all the time about rich people graciously donating their fortunes to the less fortunate. But, Chuck Feeney likes to keep his charitable efforts under the radar. Last year, the foundation Feeney created, the Atlantic Philanthropies gave $450 million in grants around the world, more than any US charity except the Ford and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations.

Feeney has actually worked very hard to disguise his identity, wealth, and generosity. Atlantic does not appear in the annual rankings of the biggest American philanthropies because it was set up in Bermuda. Feeney himself owns no homes, but stays in apartments around the world rented by the foundation. He flies coach and rides the subway. His five children worked summers as waiters, hotel maids, and cashiers! More of Feeney’s secrets are exposed in the source!

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