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Secret Billionaire: The Chuck Feeney Story

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This documentary, produced by RTÉ Factual, describes the life of Chuck Feeney, philanthropist and founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies. Learn more about his Giving While Living approach to philanthropy here: http://www.atlanticphilanthropies.org/giving-while-living
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J'Mac ! (5 months ago)
If only the leaders of the world had even a small percentage of this man's humility.
Michael Emilion Lixandru (5 months ago)
RESPECT ✊
SYDNEY HI (5 months ago)
Now in his 80s, Feeney has left himself with about $2 million worth of wealth to live on — less than 0.001% of the $8 billion he's given away. Dwyer's details about how Feeney lived his day-to-day life may be equally remarkable. Feeney: Flew coach until he was 75 years old.Jan 6, 2017
I Em Hoo I Iz (5 months ago)
He reminds me of my Dad, who came from South Buffalo Irish, and wasn't rich but was involved in education, and was in Japan after WWII, and went to college and died at 92, and had 9 kids.
kenny andam (4 years ago)
WOW is all I could say. That is a human being worth meeting.
TheKarrys (4 years ago)
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Randy Bentwick (4 years ago)
To all the people who don't believe in Father Christmas.....
Randy Bentwick (4 years ago)
The real "Father Christmas" god bless you; and Ireland Mr Feeney
Abhishek Kumar (4 years ago)
This man's story somehow touched my soul! You'll never run out of people you can help! I'll remember that one.
Jonny2plates (4 years ago)
Feeney said. "I set out to work hard, not to get rich." -Ref wikipedia In the first 10 minutes its clear that he in all his greatness in fact did.I never understand this with entrepreneurs this idea of being resolute that it was not for the "money".Although it may not be your 1st goal their is such things as multiple goals how would you survive if you weren't in the slightest way profitable?
OregonPepper (4 years ago)
The problems are many, but the solution is the same, education.
loquayrocks (5 years ago)
I hugely admire Chuck Feeney, I'm from Limerick and although I didn't go to University, you can see throughout the city the difference he has made. The UL campus is very beautiful and dramatically changed since its days as NIHE. Thanks to Chuck Feeney and Ed Walsh, Limerick is a destination university for people from all over the world. (although, it does churn out a lot of Phys. Ed. teachers!)
Lloyd Dellosa (5 years ago)
thank you so much,,very inspiring
Pair Strong (5 years ago)
he the best.
JIRAPA TUANTUA (5 years ago)
Wow wow I must be like him "Giving while living"
Danny Amaya (5 years ago)
what an amazing person may God bless him !
suesen77 (5 years ago)
Incredible story! Thank you Chuck for making this world a better place! May we all be inspired to live as you have done; by giving to those who have less than ourselves. God bless you!
James Rose (5 years ago)
It would be interesting to have a chat with Mr. Feeney on the effectiveness of "teaching" entrepreneurship and whether the academic study of entrepreneurship in today's universities actually helps those with entrepreneurial ambitions!
Leslie Chen (5 years ago)
Oh...I love him
Ingrid du Preez (5 years ago)
Yes. Amazing. A humble man who kept firm to the TRUE value of living! The truly wealthy can come learn a lot from him!
atlanticphil (5 years ago)
Yes, The Atlantic Philanthropies are still operating. In keeping with Chuck Feeney's Giving While Living philosophy, we will conclude grantmaking by 2016 and close our doors by 2020.
magiffico (5 years ago)
Chuck Feeney has enabled every part of my life and millions more who have no idea of this. I went to the University of Limerick, work in R&D and am close to the issues of the North, all of which Chuck has touched with his philanthropy. This country of ours, north and south owes him an immense amount of gratitude and respect. A true interspersion to us all, many billionaires the world over could learn a lot from Chuck Feeney. Thank you Chuck for your wise investment in the future our our country.
Deirdre Mcguire (5 years ago)
What a man, he is a hero. xxx
Melanie Burton (5 years ago)
Hey Chuck bless my family,we struggling,love to show my family a better life,and give back to other,my church,other family member,open a center for the elderly,and kids,my hearts melts,for the elderly,and kiss
southsidequeensnyc (5 years ago)
Excellent, a life well lived.
MrMurfthesurf (5 years ago)
I just wonder how 24 people dislike this ? God bless Chuck.
nominou (5 years ago)
It would be more important to note that your statement is wholly false the documentary first aired on Irish television in 2009 independent dot ie/entertainment/tv-radio/secret-billionaire-the-chuck-feeney-story-26533008 dot html The song from the opening shot "Chromakey Dreamcoat" was released in 2005 by Boards Of Canada ‎on Warp Records
Bryan Kale (5 years ago)
Wow.. what an amazing Man.. 7.5 BILLION GIVEN TO CHARITY.. OMG.... (UFO) United Farmers Organization 2013
1798UnitedIrishMen (5 years ago)
This man is my hero, I'm genuinely in awe at him. Their should be a monument built in his honor. What a man, someone all the other rich folk should follow.
fatboyblue269 (5 years ago)
I didn't watch the entire video, but I wonder if 30 plus years later if the foundation is still operating
GBXS (5 years ago)
What is the name of the song at 13:10? I remember it but havent got a clue who made it.
bwbam777 (5 years ago)
When I was I younger I wanted it all, now at 45 I had a vision of the same thing of helping people but keeping it quiet it will happen, very inspiring to me thanks for posting this video.
kenny duff (5 years ago)
A lot better story than these glory seekers on under cover boss and secret millionaire all of whom are wanting a bit of praise for their little gestures
Ineed Kush (5 years ago)
Truly Inspiring
Isaac Romero (5 years ago)
What an amazing person
Jodel Daniel (5 years ago)
Its too bad we never talk about good rich people like chuck feeney enough in our society
John Massey (5 years ago)
What a wonderful man, full of good fortune and an infectious attitude toward teaching abundance of life!
Robert Mauro (5 years ago)
Dear Chuck and Atlantic Philanthropies, thank you for all you do for others and for trying to inspire others to do the same! You set a wonderful example for all of us!!!
Jed Mitter (5 years ago)
What an Amazing Man. Great stuff and love the way he did things quietly.Thanks for posting.
Ruben (5 years ago)
I think it's worth to note that this documentary is 12 years old. He was 70 then and now he is 82.
ZibZab (5 years ago)
Amazing Story! Inspiring!
ZibZab (5 years ago)
Amazing story, Inspiring!
Mervyn Hikuroa (5 years ago)
A truly wonderful man
Todd Sch (5 years ago)
Jishnu, what are you giving? Before giving advice perhaps you should become a billionaire and then give all your money away. Then you can give advice to billionaires.
atlanticphil (5 years ago)
Thanks to everyone who submitted the name of the song at the beginning of the documentary - "Chromakey Dreamcoat" by Boards of Canada.
TheNEMKE (5 years ago)
This is who should be celebrated in society.
jakech (5 years ago)
Interesting documentary. I'm not sure why he opted for a "spend down" foundation. With $3bn, the foundation could go on forever doing good if it wasn't spend down. But amazing nonetheless.
Kevin Conway (5 years ago)
no mention ever, of a wife, living or dead.
22utoo (5 years ago)
Ah that was nice, feels better than watching fake stuff
keberegetachew abate (5 years ago)
he is like me i am littel bilioner i want be bles sed by GOD LIKE HIM.
odinreln (5 years ago)
Chromakey Dreamcoat by Boards of Canada :)
Jishnu Chatterjee (5 years ago)
EVERY BILLIONAIRE SHOULD WATCH THIS, IF YOU ARE NOT SHARING MORE YET EARNING MORE AND MORE THAT MEAN YOU ARE BASICALLY A THIEF IN GOD`S EYE. U ARE A TRUE CHRISTIAN
Jishnu Chatterjee (5 years ago)
EVERY BILLIONAIRE SHOULD WATCH THIS, IF YOU ARE NOT SHARING MORE YET EARNING MORE AND MORE THAT MEAN YOU ARE BASICALLY A THIEF IN GOD`S EYE
willie williams (5 years ago)
Just Beautiful.... wonderful Soul
59Love1 (5 years ago)
Wow what this man Chuck Feeney did is the most unselfish thing ever giving everything to charity rich people of the world can learn a lot from him
B. Thornhill (5 years ago)
I strive to do good for many people like this man someday and I found a way to do it, check my youtube channel everyone especially you Phil! Giving back is the best feeling ever after you're accomplished! Good luck everyone!
ChampPong (5 years ago)
I have been searching for a role model, and thankful I finally found one I can relate to. Chuck Feeney, you're the man! You have blessed & impacted many.
ChampPong (5 years ago)
I have been searching for a role model, and thankful I finally found one. Chuck Feeney, you're my man! You have blessed many.
John Tran (5 years ago)
Best man everrr
NeriAbba (5 years ago)
It's much harder to become a billionaire today? are you on this planet with the rest of us? there are more billionaires today, than there has ever been.
John Smith (5 years ago)
************ BLESS HIM **************
Giulio Hanchar (5 years ago)
1:16 the words i want to hear in a billionaire documentary!
DirtyMindsBackOff (5 years ago)
Wow! He's a living saint. Hats off and I pray that he gets longer life.
Xaminer003 (5 years ago)
specially when you're behind the pc all the time
Info Finance (5 years ago)
I believe most richest people are blessed with great ideas.:) many of them are actually human's savors. and very excellent people among us.
thefudgeguy4444 (5 years ago)
Great "real" story! I wonder why there is not a Canadian AP opportunity?
nicksy15 (5 years ago)
I don´t think anyone of us knew who was behind some of the greatest moments of progress in Ireland. Lots took credit for it. I personnely am mesmerizied As an Irish person Thank You!
friendlywhiteguy (5 years ago)
Use shazam or some other app on your phone to find out.
Omar Yusuf Mohamed (5 years ago)
A HERO in every sense. I hope his story will be told and re-told over and over...
Val Thompson (5 years ago)
What an extraordinary and selfless man........God bless and thank you for your kind, loving heart. <3
portraitphenomenon (5 years ago)
May God bless this Man!!!
atlanticphil (5 years ago)
Wow - over 100,000 views! Thank you for watching, commenting on and sharing this documentary.
Nilly (5 years ago)
Wow this guy really impressed me....the hell with secret millionaire, this gentleman is a real angel.
rack391 (5 years ago)
If he had tried to sell sandwiches today like that the Gov would have shut him down real quick. No liquor license back then no start cost license today cost anywhere from 12K to 200K Lot harder to become a billionaire today.
Shoe Gal (5 years ago)
Amazing!
Semiramis (5 years ago)
Does anyone know the song at the end? I've heard it before and forgot who it's by...
Christian Horner (5 years ago)
Chromakey Dreamcoat by Boards of Canada. Whole album is great. amazon.com/gp/product/B001DXDEQA/ref=dm_sp_alb/180-7303193-9732909
Singapore Rajan (5 years ago)
Chuck Feeney is my role model, like he helped to Irish i love to help Tamils all over the world in improving their economical standards through exchanging job and business opportunities between them.
Regina Wofford (5 years ago)
I sure could use a donation.
Meltdown56 (5 years ago)
chromakey dreamcoat by board of canada
Miroslav Siru (5 years ago)
Hero
Ankush Rana (5 years ago)
Chromakey Dreamcoat by Boards Of Canada
SiliconRoFoundation (5 years ago)
I praise Mr. Feeney for giving while living. I however disagree with the concept of spending down a foundations assets, essentially killing your legacy for future generations. A hybrid approach would be give some away and the rest you invest into social entrepreneurship projects,by social I mean fair. Alot of Billionares are philanthropic just by running their businesses and paying their employees fair wages and benefits, and empowering their employees to support their families and have dignity.
Grace SCICLUNA (5 years ago)
Well said ! everybody will look at his grave and say ''WELL DONE''
Grace SCICLUNA (5 years ago)
YES THERE IS . Bill Gates and my father .
Grace SCICLUNA (5 years ago)
Remarkable person ................a real saint he is. This inspied me to ''GIVING WHILE LIVING'' you cannot take it with you to the grave. So ''giving while living'' counts. At least you see where it's going . Doing good for those who want to be good people..
Grace SCICLUNA (5 years ago)
He is a real living SAINT..................remarkable great person. This inspired me to '' giving while living;; What you give while living counts. When one dies and leave it you have no choice you cannot take it with you to the grave. When you give it while living you are seeing the good it's doing.
Kayo Tang (5 years ago)
Bravissimo !Truly inspiring.
Laaaification (5 years ago)
Bless him.
sharon mey (5 years ago)
Have always lived my life trying to do one nice thing for someone each day. It's amazing the impact you can have on people, even if your not rich. Hats off to Chuck Feeney, Now all we need is health care for those of us with serious dental problems. So many in the U.S. die needlessly and painfully, just because moms like mine and other pregnant military moms-to-be in Palmdale didn't know there was tetracycline in the drinking water. Alot of us suffered a lifetime because of it.
sweedish groove (5 years ago)
JUST LIKE WHAT THE BIBLE SAID '"IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY GIVE TO THE POOR".
Leif Cid (5 years ago)
One of the most inspirational things I have ever watched. Thanks
Daffy B (5 years ago)
Proud to be of Irish origin - but I'm not surprised at this depth of generosity. The Irish, left to their own devices, are generous and creative to a near crazy degree. It's not remotely due to Catholicism otherwise we'd hear of American-Polish or American-Italian philanthropy to their ancestral countries of equal magnitude and we don't. Or maybe they are even more secretive. Clever buggers.
docal18 (5 years ago)
A great man
unvillages (5 years ago)
Amazing story...we need more Chuck Feeneys ..perhaps every country. Such an extraordinary man. God bless you!
camille santiago (5 years ago)
i wanna be a billionaire so freakin bad :(
TheMogonzo (5 years ago)
"Synonymous with Anonymous." He truly is an inspirational person.
Mike Glynn (5 years ago)
I had never even heard of Mr Chuck Feeney until today. All I can say regarding this…This is one of the most breath taking, astonishing examples of humankind I have ever seen. This man is a true human being.
atlanticphil (5 years ago)
Sorry - I don't know!
atlanticphil (5 years ago)
Hi John, If you visit Atlantic's YouTube Channel and click on our What We're Learning Playlist, there's a video about our work in Viet Nam and what we invested in.

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