The Billionaire Who Wanted to Die Broke Is Now Officially Broke

  • Over the last four decades, Feeney has donated more than $8 billion to charities, universities, and foundations worldwide through his foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies.
  • Feeney gave big money to big problems—whether bringing peace to Northern Ireland, modernizing Vietnam's health care system, or spending $350 million to turn New York's long-neglected Roosevelt Island into a technology hub.
  • On September 14, 2020 Chuck Feeney--with wife Helga Feeney--signed documents in San Francisco marking the close of the Atlantic Philanthropies after four decades of global giving.
  • He gave more than $700 million in gifts to health ranging from a $270 million grant to improve public healthcare in Vietnam to a $176 million gift to the Global Brain Health Institute at University of California, San Francisco.
  • One of Feeney’s final gifts, $350 million for Cornell to build a technology campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island is a classic example of his giving philosophy.

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