Gates says Feeney deserves more credit for growing wealth

Microsoft co-founder was inspired by the Irish philanthropist who made a fortune in duty-free shopping and successfully invested it before giving it all away

Chuck Feeney, Atlantic Philanthropies founder: Bills Gates is a fan. Picture: Fennell Photography

Bill Gates has credited Chuck Feeney’s investment know-how with trebling the value of the Irish-American businessman’s philanthropy fund to $8 billion.

Speaking in a new BBC Radio Ulster documentary, Chuck’s Secret Bucks, about the Atlantic Philanthropies founder, Gates said that Feeney deserves more credit for how he grew the wealth he gave away.

Between 1984 and 2020, Feeney gave away virtually all of the personal wealth he generated through his duty-free shopping empire to higher ...