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The billionaire who wasn't : how Chuck Feeney secretly made and gave away a fortune

Author: Conor O'Clery
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1988, Forbes magazine hailed Chuck Feeney as the twenty-third richest American alive. No one knew until then that he was extremely wealthy. Or was he?" "Born during the Depression in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Feeney had made a fortune as co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers, the world's largest duty-free retail chain. How he did it is one of the great untold retail stories of modern times. But the greater untold story  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Chuck Feeney; Chuck Feeney; Charles F Feeney
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Conor O'Clery
ISBN: 9781586483913 1586483919
OCLC Number: 148913694
Notes: "BBS."
Description: xiv, 337 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Conor O'Clery.
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A biography of one of the world's richest and most secretive donors, this book tells the story of how Chuck Feeney made his millions - buying and selling in post second world war Europe and Asia -  Read more...

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