The story of the billionaire who wasn’t. When Charles “Chuck” Feeney first appeared on the world’s rich lists in the 1980s he had built a billion dollar business selling duty free goods to tourists. But he’d also given most of his money away to charity.
BBC business editor Simon Jack and journalist Zing Tsjeng follow Feeney’s journey from Depression-era New Jersey through living the high life during the Jet Age to making $8 billion worth of donations to causes across the planet. Then they judge him – is he good, bad, or just another billionaire?
The podcast that uncovers how the world’s wealthiest people made their money and asks if they are good or bad for the planet discusses a billionaire outlier with a life that spans history. Taking in the Korean War, the 20th Century tourist boom and the Irish peace process, Simon and Zing tell the tale of “the James Bond of philanthropy”.