- Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: PublicAffairs (27. August 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1610393341
- ISBN-13: 978-1610393348
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,9 x 21 cm
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The Billionaire Who Wasn't: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. August 2013
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He did not want his name on buildings or the publicity that goes with large contributions to worthwhile causes. Cornell is his college and he has given generously. Ireland has received much of his attention. He has helped build hospitals, colleges around the country and the world. A very modest, humble man with a sense of humor. The book is a great read.
One of the most uplifting reads.
It really got me thinking about my own life of abundance and how if we all behaved like him with such compassion, energy and selflessness how great the world would be.
If you decide the destiny of your wealth how much further and wiser it is spent - "giving while living" - his mantra!!!
EVERYONE should read this amazing life story.
What a man what a hero he is
DEFINATELY my HERO!!!
This book deserves 10 stars.
The writing, however, is not on par with the best biographies or business tales. We lack the window into Chuck Feeney's soul that some other biographers are able to bring out of their subjects. We never really understand what makes Chuck tick, which is partly due to Chuck's own lack of introspection--he was never able to articulate to anyone else while giving was so important to him so referred them to articles. The book also seems to lack balance, glossing over Chuck's divorce from his first wife and the angry, depressed outbursts he would have prior to this separation.
The book also offers detailed play-by-play reviews of several of DFS's key transactions and tells the story of several philanthropies that Chuck funded, how he selected them, and how they executed. Particularly the DFS stories remind me of The Barbarians at the Gate or Too Big To Fail, which dramatize business events. Unfortunately, these two analogies are much better written stories than the DFS stories in this book. Even as a professional financial investor I found myself skimming and skipping to avoid the chronological droll that plagues this book.
The book is still worth a read given the amazing story of Chuck Feeney, but it will not be the best book you've ever read.
This is the most inspiring book I have read so far. This book was more motivating and inspirational to me than books such as the `Secret' by Rhonda Byrne. Here's a real `existing' role model we can all look up to. He did it, and so can we. He is a living proof that helping others in unselfish ways is possible. He is living proof that that there is good on Earth, and being good is not only possible but feasible.
This is the story of Chuck Feeney, born into a poor family. Not having enough funds to pay for his college education, Feeney joins the Air Force, and is stationed in Japan. There he realizes the profit making potential of duty-free sales. He starts selling duty-free goods to soldiers, such as tobacco and alcohol, and to make the story short, ends up owning duty-free shops across the world. Within a few years he becomes a billionaire. He is ranked as the 23rd richest man in the United States by Forbes magazine.
Feeney was not happy with his billions. He did not like the life of excess lived by the rich. `How many shoes do you need?' he would often ask. He did not like the competition between the rich in owning luxury goods. For example, a yacht is never big enough; someone else will have a bigger one. Someone else will have a bigger mansion.
Feeney was also worried for his children. Kidnapping was prevalent at the time, and Feeney did not want to live his life surrounded by bodyguards and in fear for his family. So one day, he secretly flies to the Bahamas and donates all his profits to his newly established charity organization.
Many find it hard to part from a few dollars. Feeney parted with billions. All the proceeds from Feeney's company went straight to his charity foundation. Unlike Bill Gates (whom I also admire for his philanthropy), Feeney gave away his whole fortune without announcing it. No one ever knew of Feeney's philanthropy, not even his partners. His name is not on any library, University, or building. Feeney gave secretly. He believed that your left hand should not know what your right hand is doing when it comes to charitable donations. Feeney is a man who gives not for selfish reasons such as recognition and fame, but to help make a change in people's lives.
Feeney did not feel guilty about making money, but he felt guilty keeping it. He felt his money should not be for the sole purpose of giving him and his family pleasure, but for giving pleasure to the world.
Feeney also helped solve the IRA (Irish Republican Army) problem together with Bill Clinton, and opposed the war in Iraq. He did not vote for Bush in 2004, and marched against the war of Iraq in the streets of London in 2004. He also felt that the US was unfair to Vietnam, and flew several times to Vietnam offering anonymous help.
Chuck Feeney is a great man, and his story should be an inspiration to all of us. This book should be read by everyone, and should be required reading in schools and universities. If one man can make such a difference, how much can we all do together? For one thing, we would end world hunger and poverty!
This book made me realize that ending world poverty is not such a farfetched dream: all it takes is a humble heart, like the one Chuck Feeney has!
Money can be the root of all evil. Money does corrupt, and in excess corrupts absolutely. But money can also end all of the world's suffering. It is a two edged sword. One edge will bleed the world to death; the other edge will bring an end to suffering.
I have chosen how I want to hold my sword. Have you?
The book is perhaps a bit heavy on details of how he made his money (Duty Free stores), and the various schemes to tax shelter his money, and the steps to remain anonymous. He believed that one should give money directly to causes that would make a difference, and monitor the progress to see that the money was being wisely used. He distrusted Government spending which often has graft and inefficiency, and political conditions.
In short, an inspiring book well worth reading, and acting on if your finances allow.