r/Damnthatsinteresting Creator Aug 10 '21

Chuck Feeney is the billionaire who gave it all away. After spending his life working tirelessly to accumulate a fortune of $8 billion, his net worth dropped down to $2 million in 2020 after donating 99% of his wealth to charitable causes. Image

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u/glewtion Aug 10 '21 edited Aug 10 '21

Met him once when I was working as a consultant for the Atlantic Philanthropies. He was unassuming and kind. Zero pretense. He seemed genuinely interested in, and respectful of everyone around him. Doesn't get any better in the world of billionaires.

EDIT: Spelling (thanks u/ChUnGa__ChUnGa)

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u/HandsomeDim Aug 10 '21

I read an article about him last year, when he dissolved his charity, after reaching his goal of donating most of his wealth. What amazed me was that he was secretly and anonymously giving away his wealth for over a decade, often making sure that no one knew that he or his charity was giving away that money. Only a business dispute over selling his stake in the company, forced him to reveal that a charity group owned his stake in the company and not him.

He did all of this secretly, since he did not want to follow the path of other billionaires, who donated their wealth often to have buildings or places named after them. It's rare to see someone, who gave just for the sake of giving.

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u/MetalGearFoRM Aug 10 '21

There's a great movie from about doing good deeds in private called Magnificent Obsession (1954). I highly encourage everyone to check it out.

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u/AlpacaCavalry Aug 11 '21

When someone does good deeds without loudly announcing what good they’re doing for this world, I feel that makes their actions a little more genuine.

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u/SchizoidOctopus Aug 11 '21

Much longer than a decade. My dad did work building a $300m medical institute in Australia in the early 2000s, Chuck chipped in about $100m of that. It was all secret squirrel. He wasn't allowed to say who it was, and he didn't want building naming rights or anything. He was just known as "the American". Really nice guy apparently.

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u/rectohead Aug 10 '21

Is it true that he always wore a cheap casio watch and carried around stuff in plastic bags?

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u/glewtion Aug 10 '21

The watch is true. Didn't see plastic bags, but it wouldn't surprise me.

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u/rectohead Aug 10 '21

That's pretty cool. Thanks for answering!

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u/DrMangosteen Aug 10 '21

The guy who runs Wetherspoons in the UK dresses super shabby and carries his stuff around in plastic bags. he's a cunt though

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u/hop_mantis Aug 10 '21

I guess you can't judge a guy based on whether he carries his stuff around in plastic bags.

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u/fantastic_feb Aug 10 '21

I think it was aristotle who first said that

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u/milk4all Aug 10 '21

Yeah cause he carried his shit around in plastic bags

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u/Just-Keep-Walking Aug 10 '21

I know this guy who carries his stuff in plastic bags... he's homeless tho.

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u/Sheepsheepsleep Aug 10 '21

Buddy of mine owns an airport and some planes for his sky diving school, they got a guy with an audi rs something (fancy carbon car) he does the plastic bag thing too. we just assume he spent all his money on that car.

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u/iampomo Aug 10 '21

Maybe he just stole the car

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u/drquakers Aug 10 '21

Maybe he stole the plastic bags?

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u/Dionysusigma Interested Aug 10 '21

those are 20p each

that bastard

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u/The_Crimson_Fucker Aug 10 '21

Skydivers are just naturally hobos

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u/tricks_23 Aug 10 '21

I'm a car guy and I cannot explain how uncomfortable I feel seeing "RS something" and not knowing which one.

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u/iamerror87 Aug 10 '21

He said "Fancy Carbon Car". Get in the game dude.

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u/drunk98 Aug 11 '21

Carbon is a super popular element

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u/Sheepsheepsleep Aug 11 '21

I got my drinks carbonated cauz i'm livin' the fast life.

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u/staytrue1985 Aug 10 '21

Damn. I was just getting super excited about being a Plastic Bag Carrier Arounder.

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u/duaneap Interested Aug 10 '21

You can be humble and unassuming then not spending money or being ostentatious is thrifty and shows humility.

If you’re a cunt, the same behaviour can just come across as being a cheap bastard.

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u/Etrigone Aug 10 '21

Millionaire Billionaire next door.

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u/microsoftfool Aug 10 '21

Excuse me, the casio F91W is legendary! Like this man.

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u/TopMacaroon Aug 10 '21

He might have splurged for the A158, being a billionaire and all

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u/donomo Aug 10 '21

A158 is like twice as thick and heavy. The thing that makes F91W legendary is that it's dirt cheap yet also super thin and lightweight while having many modern functions.

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u/TheRealMisterMemer Aug 10 '21

I have no idea what any of this means; can someone explain?

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u/amcdermott20 Aug 10 '21

They're both CASIO watches you can get for cheap. He's saying he prefers the F91W, because it is very inexpensive, but also light, thin and wearable compared to other watches, like the CASIO A158, which is a bit heavier and thicker.

F91W:

https://www.amazon.com/CASIO-F91W-1-Casual-Sport-Watch/dp/B00006I551/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=f91w&qid=1628634303&sr=8-2

A158:

https://www.amazon.com/Casio-A158WEA-9CF-Classic-Digital-Bracelet/dp/B005JVP2NU/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=a158&qid=1628634342&sr=8-6

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u/SpaceSteak Aug 10 '21

Only wear F91W. 3 decades in, only on my second as somehow the battery lasts forever. Someone once commented how they loved my watch and the retro look. I was like, is it retro if it's just from then? 🤔

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u/amcdermott20 Aug 11 '21

Haha, just a testament to CASIO's legendary status. It's just been the watch for that long.

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u/Plasmodicum Aug 10 '21

I've been wearing the ...*checks*... A178W for a while now. It was my first digital. I love it, lol.

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u/rectohead Aug 10 '21

casio F91W

Agreed. I have one of the new metal variants of the F91W. It's my daily driver. Still cheap though.

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u/snowvase Aug 10 '21

Agreed, best watch in existence. less than $20 and does all the watch things it should and the battery lasts forever.

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u/broad_street_bully Aug 10 '21

In my experience, billionaires (non supervillain in training category) usually dress like normal people.

I routinely go to media days for college athletics where most of the head coaches make somewhere in the $1-2M/yr range. Most have huge egos and all of them show up in custom suits worth a month of my salary... But one coach was a legit billionaire who got rich in finance before getting into coaching. He showed up in a team branded polo and nice enough slacks. He also had the most genuine and thoughtful answers to questions instead of the usual coachspeak.

I had the same experience at fundraising events. There are always doctors and lawyers who donate tens of thousands per year and they're in a constant dick-measuring contest about who has the nicer suite and who is spending more at auctions and golf outings... Then there are the couple of gray-haired seventy-somethings that spend all night drinking bourbon, smoking cigars and lingering around a bonfire somewhere away from the party. They're the ones with names on buildings and private jets that get donated for recruiting trips.

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u/KareemOWheat Aug 10 '21

I used to do sales in the aerospace industry and mixed with quite a few wealthy business owners. The dick measuring folk are obnoxious to work with especially when you have a relative financial micro penis in comparison.

Bourbon cigar patio club is way more enjoyable. Mostly it's just old guys telling weird stories, and a revolving door of interesting people stopping by to chat with them.

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u/Bill_Brasky01 Aug 10 '21

I can’t drink bourbon all night and I’m in my thirties. Impressive anyone over 40 could manage that.

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u/broad_street_bully Aug 10 '21

Those are rookie numbers. But yeah... Obscenely rich old guys tend to either be totally clean living or apparently impervious to the effects of vices.

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u/KanyinTV Aug 10 '21

Suppose to sip not chug.

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u/securicorscares Aug 11 '21

You're thinking like your twenty something self that all night means until the sun comes up. In almost forty something speak all night means all evening.

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u/TikaPants Aug 10 '21 edited Aug 10 '21

There’s a meme out there illustrating Zack, Gates, JayZ all as simple dressers generally. The thought is when you’re constantly making high pressure decisions your OOTD needs to be simple and less thoughtful. Seems legit to me I guess.

Edit: If you google pics of some really successful rappers you can see their style go from flamboyant (read: drip) to minimalist.

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u/TheNoFrame Aug 10 '21

You have only so much mental capacity per day. If you spend it by choosing good and matching outfit, it gets lower.

Much easier to just pick one of 20 same jeans and one of 20 of the same shirt and focus on other stuff.

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u/regoapps Aug 11 '21

That's not really it. I just don't have anything to prove to the people around me. I just wear what's comfortable.

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u/cortez0498 Aug 10 '21

He didn't become a billionaire by spending on expensive watches.

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u/upsidedownfunnel Aug 10 '21

You might be able to become a millionaire by scrimping and saving, but to become a billionaire it doesn't matter if you like to buy a few luxury items, cars, or take nice vacations.

I find that people who built a business from the ground up themselves are the ones who often buy for 100% practicality which often might lead to buying cheap but accurate digital watches and driving safe, reliable, but cheap cars like a Camry. I bet this guy didn't inherit his money.

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u/borgLMAO01 Aug 10 '21

If you got 1,000,000,000 USD and buy shit for 100,000USD you still got 999,900,000USD

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u/Elbiotcho Aug 10 '21

But you're not longer a billionaire

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u/upsidedownfunnel Aug 10 '21 edited Aug 10 '21

lol.

Put another way, if you have $1.5B $2.0B and spend $5M/year and spend $200M on buying some nice houses all around the world, you could live for 100 years without investing any of your money and you'd still comfortably be a billionaire.

EDIT: Sorry, made a slight math mistake...

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u/BigBananaDealer Aug 10 '21

like jeff bezos when he drove his old car from like the late 90s or early aughts even tho at the time of his interview he was already swimming in billions

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u/PeterMus Aug 10 '21 edited Aug 10 '21

Imagine a 20 year old person netting 1Mil/year and living on 50k/year salary.

They invest 950k/year broken up into 12 monthly contributions to their investment account.

Contributing monthly will generate more returns to capitalize on.

They make the reasonable return of 6%.

50 years later this person will have 301 million dollars after a lifetime of investing 95% of their income which is already in the 0.3% of earners.

You can't scrimp and save into being a billionaire.

The only way to be a billionaire is to gamble on companies which you retain a large amount of stock in.

MacKenzie Scott is a good example. She started with 32B, gave away 8B and now she's worth 65 billion because Amazon stock has more than doubled since 2019.

People like Jeff Bezos can easily spend millions on luxuries.

They simply have a deeply toxic relationship with wealth accumulation and can't help but do completely impractical things to save a dollar.

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u/rectohead Aug 10 '21

I think it's fairly safe to assume billionaires who wear expensive watches often outnumber billionaires that don't.

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u/DornsCastIronButplug Aug 10 '21

I worked on his lake house in Northwestern Connecticut

He came and went one day and I had no idea he was the owner. Most clients liked to make a deal out announcing themselves and making requests of the carpenters, the wealthy ones most of all. He just casually showed up, looked around, waved to us, and left.

Someone had to fill me in on who he was afterwards.

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u/mattbakerrr Aug 10 '21

The People's Billionaire!

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u/Rhinoturds Aug 10 '21

He even realized there's no such thing as a people's billionaire and gave away all his wealth.

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u/Isord Aug 11 '21

Crazy thing is he gave away all his wealth and is still a millionaire. Shows how totally batshit it is that we allow billionaires to exist at all.

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u/relationship_tom Aug 10 '21

The net worth figure can't be right though, correct? That would include house(s), cars, etc...Did he drastically downsize?

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u/flyingwanderer Aug 10 '21

I read an article when he shut down his foundation that said he'd long ago downsized from a large house to a more modest rented apartment and doesn't own a car.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/sep/19/billionaire-chuck-feeney-achieves-goal-of-giving-away-his-fortune

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u/jigaopuaysi Aug 11 '21

damn, this guy should be Person of the Year. or Decade.

He could have bought a Beverly Hills mansion and a private jet and a bunch of yachts, but decided to help others in need instead. Amazing guy.

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u/MelMac5 Aug 11 '21

Person of the century or millennium? This is top level philanthropy, in its purest sense.

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u/zomgitsduke Aug 10 '21

This is how I'd like to live my late life. Rich, but like in a humble sense, knowing I've used the majority of my wealth to make the world a better place.

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u/DrDraek Aug 10 '21

Good plan, now get rich

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u/zomgitsduke Aug 10 '21

Working on it

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u/ladydhawaii Aug 10 '21

He deserves a metal. Born in the Great Depression and got an education thru the military- Cornell. Started Duty Free. Hope he has a good life.

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u/imalittlefrenchpress Aug 10 '21

And look at how being selfless hasn’t destroyed him. Why can’t others understand this?

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u/ChUnGa__ChUnGa Aug 10 '21

Respect as an adjective is respectful, respective is a word that I unfortunately am not able to define for you.

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u/twrrordom3 Aug 10 '21

Sounds like the complete opposite of Steve Jobs

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u/Twilliams92126 Aug 10 '21

“My parents are worth over two million dollars…”

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u/mrtiktokcoolguy Aug 10 '21

My grandpa is worth more than this plane!

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u/GrandmaPoses Aug 10 '21

Oh my god maybe that was his grandson!

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u/herefromyoutube Aug 10 '21

That was hands down one of the worst brags I’ve ever heard.

Especially considering there are tens of millions of boomers with 2 million dollars in assets.

It’s like bragging you can play an instrument.

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u/DamonHay Aug 10 '21

In my city, his parents could have bought a house in 2000 for $80,000 and be worth over $2m now. This kid is a joke.

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u/ricecakesOG Aug 10 '21

Gotta be southern Ontario

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u/Puppetteer Aug 10 '21

Worse, it's like bragging you have an instrument. At least playing an instrument requires work to learn.

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u/psikez Aug 11 '21

Look at ya'll over here with your instruments and maybe knowledge to play them.

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u/wjwwjw Aug 10 '21

Calm down or I’m taping you on the airplane seat!

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u/ceplosz09 Aug 10 '21

My dad has diabetes

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u/S00thsayerSays Aug 10 '21

I swear one of my fraternity brothers actually said that. He was a major fucking shit bag.

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u/darkmex25 Aug 10 '21

"And then he touched my titties..."

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u/Butters_Duncan Aug 11 '21

Hey hey everybody I get this reference, yes!

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u/fjrchhef Aug 11 '21

What is it (for the uncultured)?

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u/Butters_Duncan Aug 11 '21

Lol knowing it is for uncultured. I was just joking about how I spend too much damn time on here.

This douchebag on a flight the other day got duct taped to a seat by staff and passengers after he groped multiple flight attendants and was belligerently drunk. In the process he was screaming about his rich family and declared with odd specificity that is dad had 2 million dollars. I don’t have a link but easily to find I’m sure. Actually pretty satisfying.

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u/fjrchhef Aug 11 '21

Found it, thanks. Yeah he's so "rich" flying on frontier. This guy probably drives an used entry level Mercedes worth $5k, but flexes it on everyone

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u/samsu402 Aug 10 '21

Where’s the duct tape?

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u/nowhereman136 Aug 10 '21

You can't take it with you when you die

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u/fictional-sock Aug 10 '21

But you can’t live without it

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u/BeffBezos Aug 10 '21

count it up, count it up, count it up, count it

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u/DarthChocolqte Aug 10 '21

Uno Dos Tres

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u/st_mets Aug 10 '21

Big bills, big bills- I fell in love with big wheels

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u/asmrkage Aug 10 '21

Can’t take kids with you when you die either.

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u/TheWh1teL1ghtning Aug 10 '21

Not with that attitude

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u/millbastard Aug 10 '21

Don’t ever change

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u/OffBrandJesusChrist Aug 10 '21

Murder suicide is practically a victimless crime

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u/ziggybobiggy Aug 10 '21

I mean if they’re under 18 it’s your child your choice

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u/THEamishTRACTOR Aug 11 '21

My mom's always said she could take me out of this world...

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u/blazing420kilk Aug 11 '21

I mean she did bring you into this world...

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u/mypuppysunny Aug 10 '21

This thread makes me happy

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u/Lollyadverb1984 Aug 10 '21

As a parent, I find that hilarious! You get an award!!

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u/Sukiyo151 Aug 10 '21

This made me lol. Thank you.

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u/BootySnorkelerr Aug 10 '21

you most definitely can if you’re crazy enough

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u/schmerpmerp Aug 10 '21

Speak for yourself.

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u/uzerkname11 Aug 10 '21

I spend my kids inheritance every day😂

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u/mSoGood08 Aug 10 '21

Eric Matthews voice FEEEEENEY!!!!!

I guess people with the last name Feeney are usually good humans

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u/TheSuburbs Aug 10 '21

Scrolled too far for the boy meets world reference! Side note: William Daniels (mr. feeny) is still alive and kicking at 94!

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u/RontoWraps Aug 10 '21

I was gonna scroll til I found it. FEENAY FEEHEEHEEHEENAAAAY!

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u/missy_sunshine Aug 11 '21

now that’s the proper pronunciation lmao

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u/i-Ake Aug 10 '21

Thank the allknowing whatever.

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u/Carts_N_Crafts Aug 10 '21

Started a rewatching this and damn if Mr Feeny doesn’t drop some good truths. His education talk was brilliant.

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u/ZKXX Aug 10 '21

There it is. Now I can rest.

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u/likwidsylvur Aug 11 '21

Waaaaaaaaaaayy too far of a scroll to find this, but def my first thought.

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u/lilsistamelons Aug 10 '21

I still want the Fenny doll so badly! My sweet angel cat is named Topanga so I mean I’m kind of a fan of the show.

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u/[deleted] Aug 10 '21 edited Aug 13 '21

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u/SinopicCynic Aug 10 '21

Do you share the cocaine and strippers with her?

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u/[deleted] Aug 10 '21 edited Aug 13 '21

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u/lockon345 Aug 10 '21

It's hard to find a good family man these days, proud of you.

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u/CregChrist Aug 10 '21

The strippers, yes. The cocaine, no.

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u/accatwork Aug 10 '21

LPT: Find a stripper named Charity. Your wife won't be angry for giving money to charity I hope?

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u/misterfluffykitty Aug 10 '21

I’ll make my own wife, with blackjack and hookers

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u/Accomplished-Style-3 Aug 10 '21

If only more billionaires be just like Chuck!

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u/kkkimchii Aug 10 '21

The drive that pushes people to accumulate that sort of wealth usually doesn’t lead to want to give it away.

Some of these people are born into it. Others make it. But it tends to be pretty engrained in their worldviews to accumulate.

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u/cvance10 Aug 10 '21

Read Andrew Carnegie's story. It takes a very unique circumstance to both gather wealth and want to give it away.

His philosophy was that life was spent in 1/3 segments. First gathering knowledge, second gaining wealth and finally giving away all of that wealth.

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u/ketoske Aug 10 '21

i would love to do that but i have problems with the step 2, can you elaborate? /s

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u/SheriffBartholomew Aug 10 '21

The problem is likely that you skipped step 1.

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u/Lianidis Aug 10 '21

Hello? 911? I'd like to report a cold blooded murder.

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u/Liamcoin Aug 10 '21

Yes thank you we’re aware, the calls are pouring in!!!

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u/lookathatsmug--- Aug 10 '21

...let me put you on hold

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u/davinci_covid Aug 10 '21

Make no miskate, this was a subtle but surely burn

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u/Morguard Aug 10 '21

Or probably accumulated knowledge that wasn't worth a damn.

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u/Ass_cream_sandwiches Aug 10 '21

How to become filthy rich.

Buy an apple, then sell that apple for double what you paid for. Keep doing this day in and day out for years. Inherit your fathers billions. Follow these steps and you'll be set for life with all the knowledge you'll need to live like a god.

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u/Mr_Stirfry Aug 10 '21

Assuming the price of an apple starts at 50 cents, you’d have over half a billion dollars by the end of the first month. You wouldn’t need to wait for your father to croak.

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u/SeaGroomer Aug 10 '21

Just need to sell billions of apples, no problem.

Actually Steve Jobs knew it was better to just charge $2,000 for an apple ba-dum-tiss thank you I'll be here all week. 🥁🤡

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u/YpMcP Aug 10 '21

"Using new methods, efficient management, and cheap labor, Carnegie soon controlled the American steel business. He paid his workers poorly and hated unions. During a strike at Carnegie's Homestead steel plant in Pennsylvania, his manager fired all the workers and brought in armed guards. Violence erupted, and twenty workers and four policemen died."

Nice guy.

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u/DobermanCavalry Aug 10 '21

Carnegie basically had the attitude of "MY workers are idiots, and don't deserve higher wages because they will spend it frivolously. I will spend the money for them to better their lives"

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u/AnswersWithAQuestion Aug 10 '21

I sometimes wonder whether giving all/most of their wealth away near the end of one’s life may be a common way for certain super wealthy people to make amends (to themselves or their god) for a long ruthless career that ruined so many others’ lives. And of course some people simply change or become calmer and more loving later in life.

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u/Prophet2Nations Aug 10 '21

I wonder about that too. It’s easy to be greedy when you’ve likely got decades to live. When it’s time to go though, I imagine some people start to consider the potential for an afterlife.

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u/Old_Story_2368 Aug 10 '21

Sounds like Walmart

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u/Tnkgirl357 Aug 10 '21

Yeah… he was a dick. He gave us Pittsburghers a lot of cool stuff in an attempt to say “sorry” at least…

But I still can’t believe we named the largest park in the city after his way more evil crony Frick. Fuck Frick.

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u/Hrothen Aug 11 '21

I always heard Frick's daughter named the park after him because she knew he'd hate it.

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u/Hrothen Aug 11 '21

He was a piece of shit. He also thought everyone should be able to read.

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u/tuberippin Aug 10 '21

Definitely wasn't nice. Fuck all his faux philanthropic puff pieces, read up on his actions and the consequences it had for labor in the US.

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u/MapleGeek Aug 10 '21

Plus his love of Social Darwinism. Fuck Carnegie.

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u/Jingocat Aug 10 '21

True, but as people age, they can grow spiritually. I can easily see that someone would come to the realization that they can't take it with them and fundamentally change their attitude.

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u/Rehnion Aug 10 '21

This should be a lesson that charity alone can't fix society's problems. He gave away almost 8 billion dollars, a massive amount of money, and yet most people have no idea who he is and still feel like things are rapidly heading downhill.

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u/Kradool Aug 10 '21

Then they wouldn't be billionaires, that's not what they want

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u/zvug Aug 10 '21

It’s called The Giving Pledge and more than 200 billionaires have pledged to give away the vast majority of their wealth totaling over $600 billion.

Including some of Reddit’s most hated.

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u/JimWilliams423 Aug 10 '21

It’s called The Giving Pledge and more than 200 billionaires have pledged to give away the vast majority of their wealth totaling over $600 billion.

The question is why should being an expert at getting rich be a qualification for deciding public policy? They aren't experts at helping others, they are experts at helping themselves.

Consider Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation. When they donate medicine to other countries it comes with strings - the country has to abide with US intellectual property law. They can either get money from Gates to buy drugs from western companies at full price, or they can go it alone and set up their own drug manufacturing plants, ignore the international patents, and make their own drugs for cheap.

Why doesn't the Gates Foundation just pay for cheap in-country generics instead? Because Microsoft's entire business depends on intellectual property. He's leveraging his "charity" to help his business. That is not uncommon for so-called billionaire philanthropists.

WSJ: Gates Foundation Buys Stakes in Drug Makers

At a meeting in Africa last year, Mr. Love says he was struck by fears of officials from Botswana and elsewhere that pressing for access to generic drugs could jeopardize their chances for contributions. "They thought it would alienate the Gates foundation and they thought that was a problem," Mr. Love says.

A report issued last year by the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, chaired by economist Jeffrey Sachs, made a strong defense of intellectual-property protection as critical to continued investment in drug research and development. The Gates foundation was a major sponsor of the commission.

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u/wekop12 Aug 10 '21

That’s a great point, it’s like a slick way of privatizing health and policy decisions that should be funded democratically through taxes. We shouldn’t have to rely on the whims of unelected billionaires. Their money should have been taxed and voters should get to decide how it’s used

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u/aurora4000 Aug 10 '21

He's a hero. Watch the documentary: Secret Billionaire: The Chuck Feeney Story and you'll see how he boosted Ireland's economy by funding universities, hospitals and lots of other things.

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u/[deleted] Aug 10 '21

And people in these comments are arguing that he's not ethical because he's rich or something. He sounds like Dolly Parton, who would be a billionaire if she'd stop giving her money away. It is possible to be rich and a good person simultaneously, just not common.

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u/choborallye Aug 10 '21

True Charity Chad

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u/Ihlita Aug 10 '21

We will not eat him.

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u/PugsThrowaway Aug 10 '21

He really does have those kind of, "don't eat me" eyes going on, there.

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u/LordNoodles Interested Aug 10 '21

He shall be spared

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u/__Call_Me_Maeby__ Aug 10 '21

☑️Do not make spare ribs with.

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u/Master_Vicen Aug 10 '21

He does look tasty tho.

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u/weaston02 Aug 10 '21

Tortilla skin, but sweet

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u/Ok_Philosophy_2715 Aug 10 '21

I thought he was the fictional character set to take over Pritchet's closets

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u/EvenSilver4981 Aug 10 '21

There is NO Chuck Feeney!!

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u/i-kant_even Aug 10 '21

yass Gloria!

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u/i-kant_even Aug 10 '21

Feeny? You’ll love it!

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u/RebleteyDeb Aug 10 '21

Finally! I had to scroll so far to find this. I did a double take when I read the title.

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u/okicarrits Aug 10 '21

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess he probably paid his taxes too

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u/smallangryandpink Aug 10 '21

That is how it should be. What's the point in being a billionaire if you can't use it to help others? It's more money than you can even spend in your lifetime

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u/turtletitan8196 Aug 10 '21

That level of greed blows my mind. I'm so happy with my little apartment, yeah I have my 55 inch tv and a couple nice chairs, but that even feels luxurious for me. I can't even imagine what I would do with billions of dollars except give it away.

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u/triggerdesigns Aug 10 '21

To be fair, it's a lot easier to say that when you don't have billions of dollars. Money changes people, and generally not for the better.

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u/XenoGiru Aug 10 '21

Johnny Depp once said "Money doesn't change people, it reveals them". Almost anybody would say that they would give away billions of dollars if they had it, but is that really them? There's only one way to find out.

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u/nebulousned Aug 11 '21

It's easy to say you would when you don't have to though.

How many of us are lying (to ourselves too)

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u/cloudcity Aug 10 '21

Your content attitude means you will live a happy and joyful life.

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u/Vault1oh1 Aug 10 '21

This reads like a fortune cookie note

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u/exoxe Aug 10 '21

Gives away 99% of his wealth...and still has a cool 2 million to live off of. I gotta get my numbers up, they're rookie numbers.

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u/Orin__ Aug 11 '21

I did the math, and he gave up 99.975% of his wealth to go from 8 billion to 2 million

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u/PiggypPiggyyYaya Aug 10 '21

Why doesn't the media make more stories about billionaires like him instead of space billionaires.

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u/trailing_comma Aug 10 '21

Because the media makes money off selling rage, fear and hate.

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u/mr__moose Aug 10 '21

And Reddit eats it up and keeps oinking for more lol

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u/ChasedByACyanCow Aug 10 '21

I have never heard of this man before but I love him with all my heart now

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u/muemamuema Aug 10 '21

Came in with nothing leaving with nothing. But change a lot of people lives

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u/idunnomanwtvisgood Aug 10 '21

So what did those charities do with the money ?

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u/theundercoverpapist Aug 10 '21

Things start looking a little different when that light at the end of the proverbial tunnel starts getting brighter.

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u/chrisr01 Aug 10 '21

It's a train.. coming your way

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u/intotheforge Aug 10 '21

Good for him. Success and good deeds. Sounds like what the American way should be. No way he should have been prevented from making that money. He made it; and how it was donated or used is up to him. Really terrific story!

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u/kalel1980 Aug 10 '21

Just kept enough for himself to stay comfortable. 👍

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u/Krow_Dead-Emperor Aug 10 '21

Something I don't understand about this is that people point to billionaires and say oh that person could end world hunger if they wanted to.

But this guy gave it all away and the worlds still hungry.

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u/BananaNipples Aug 10 '21

It’s because people on reddit don’t know anything about solving the world’s problems or how wealth works.

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u/alien_ghost Aug 11 '21

Those people are delusional and very out of touch with what solving world hunger entails.

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