Until 23 years ago, he was known as a tycoon who exploited the concept of duty-free shopping like no one else, as co-founder of duty free shoppers Group. But in 1997, Charles Francis Chuck Feeney revealed himself to be a philanthropist who for decades had been secretly donating millions of dollars and who had an unusual dream: to die in «bankruptcy.»
Unlike other tycoons, who choose to donate much of their wealth upon death, or who if they donate in life do so by advertising each act, seeking recognition, Feeney always preferred anonymity. Only a commercial dispute forced him to make his plan public. Then he began to publicly trumpet the idea of detaching himself in life from the harvested, to serve as an example to other billionaires.