In a ‘historic act of extraordinary generosity’ - a billionaire donated much of the remaining portion of his €8 billion fortune through his Dublin-based office.
The Dublin office of Atlantic Philanthropies quietly closed its doors this week during chaotic Storm Emma.
After 30 years of charitable acts, New Jersey native Chuck Feeney, who notably pledged to donate his entire fortune, wrapped up his presence in Dublin.
Previously nicknamed the "James Bond of Philanthropy" by Forbes Magazine, Feeney (86) has left an indelible imprint on education, human rights, and social change in Ireland. Indeed, University of Limerick is completely a result of his vision.
Recounting Feeney's contributions to Ireland, the Irish Times has revealed that the Atlantic Philanthropies signed off its last cheques as of this month. The final acts of generosity amount to a total of €1.1 billion given away in Ireland through 1,030 grants over 30 years.
Feeney, who lives modestly with his wife in a rented apartment in San Francisco, hosted a dinner in New York to sign off with board members of the Dublin office.
As of now, Atlantic has closed all of its global offices - previously in Australia, Vietnam, and Northern Ireland.
Mary Sutton, Atlantic's director for Ireland, told the publication that the remaining two staff members in Dublin "slipped away quietly" as the city became blanketed in snow.