Born in 1931, Charles Francis "Chuck" Feeney grew up in New Jersey during the Great Depression. He came from a modest background of blue collar Irish-American parents, with no one in his family having attended college. Chuck is known for his frugality, now living in a rented apartment in San Francisco, not owning a car, and flying economy-class.
Driven by the belief that the best use of one's wealth is to help people, Feeney founded Atlantic Philanthropies in 1982, one of the largest private foundations in the world. He is truly one of the greatest philanthropists of all times. Over the course of his life, Chuck Feeney has given away more than $8 billion, representing more than 99% of his wealth. For years, his foundation gave money in secret, requiring recipients not to reveal the sources of their donations.