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On September 14, Charles “Chuck” Feeney signed the paperwork to shut down Atlantic Philanthropies. The ceremony was attended via Zoom by the philanthropies’ board which included former California Governor Jerry Brown, Bill Gates, and Nancy Pelosi.

While most would think the shuttering of a philanthropic endeavor would be a sad event, it was just how Feeney planned. It marked the competition of four-decade mission to give away almost every penny of his $8 billion fortune.

Feeney has saved $2 million to live on for the remainder of his life.


“We learned a lot. We would do some things differently, but I am very satisfied. I feel very good about completing this on my watch,” Feeney told Forbes. “My thanks to all who joined us on this journey. And to those wondering about Giving While Living: Try it, you’ll like it.”

Feeney was one of the first signatories on the Giving While Living pledge that encouraged the super-wealthy to give away 50% or more if their fortunes while still living.

His generosity was the inspiration for Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to sign their giving pledge in 2010. “Chuck was a cornerstone in terms of inspiration for the Giving Pledge,” Warren Buffett told Forbes. “He’s a model for us all. It’s going to take me 12 years after my death to get done what he’s doing within his lifetime.”

Feeney co-founded retail giant Duty Free Shoppers in 1960 which now operates in 11 major airports and 20 Galleria stores. In 2017, nearly 160 million travelers visited Duty Free Shopppers locations.

In 1984, he secretly transferred his entire stake in the company to Atlantic Philanthropies which he started two years earlier.

Not even his business partners knew that he no longer owned a portion of the company.

From there he began donating his massive fortune completely anonymously with the plan of giving it all away before he died. His cover was blown in 1997 when a lawsuit required him to reveal his charitable donations.

Feeney was able to amass even larger sums of cash because he was incredibly frugal.

“Until he was 75, he traveled only in coach, and carried reading materials in a plastic bag,” a New York Times feature read. “For many years, when in New York, he had lunch not at the city’s luxury restaurants, but in the homey confines of Tommy Makem’s Irish Pavilion on East 57th Street, where he ate the burgers.”

He currently lives in a modest apartment in San Francisco with his wife, doesn’t own a car, and wears a $10 Casio watch. On a table in his apartment he has a small, Lucite plaque that reads: “Congratulations to Chuck Feeney for $8 billion of philanthropic giving.”

Feeney gave nearly half of his fortune to education, including $1 billion to his alma mater Cornell. He has given $860 million to social change and human rights causes, $700 million to promote global health, $62 million to abolish the death penalty, and $76 million on a campaign to support the passage of Obamacare.

He has personally supported Sinn Féin, a left-wing Irish nationalist party.

“I see little reason to delay giving when so much good can be achieved through supporting worthwhile causes,” Feeney said. “Besides, it’s a lot more fun to give while you live than give while you’re dead.”

The super-rich are often rightfully the target of criticism for having ungodly wealth while others struggle to get by. But Feeney is a fantastic example of the power of wealth and how industriousness and greed don’t necessarily have to go hand in hand.

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How American Pickers’ Danielle Colby’s life was changed by a lamp

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Long before American Pickers was a hit show, both Wolfe and Colby already had a love for antiques, and a chance encounter at a yard sale led to a beautiful friendship. “I first met Mike at a yard sale,” Colby revealed to Freshly Inked. “It was in Le Claire, Iowa, across the street from my Mother’s house. I was looking at a lamp, he bought the lamp, I got mad at him, he looked at me and said, ‘Sorry girl, the time to buy it is when you see it.'”

His advice could have put Colby off — after all, no one likes being scooped on a deal. Fortunately, the future American Pickers star was impressed by Wolfe’s boldness. “I liked his sass… we were pretty much inseparable after that,” she continued. “Also, side note, I lost my wallet that day with all my rent money in it. I was mortified! But look how much I found in friendship that day, and I wasn’t even looking for it.”

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In the latest TV ratings, NBC Sunday Night Football‘s Packers/Saints match-up averaged 14.9 million total viewers (up 5 percent from last week’s fast nationals) along with a 4.4 demo rating.

Among Sunday’s non-sports fare, Fox’s The Simpsons led the pack with 5.5 million total viewers and a 2.0 demo rating, which is on par with last year’s first episode buoyed by an NFL lead-in.  Bless the Harts returned to 2.2 mil/0.8, followed by Bob’s Burgers‘ 1.8 mil/0.7 and Family Guy‘s 1.7 mil/0.7.

Elsewhere….

CBS | Pending adjustment due to NFL overrun, Monday-bound Big Brother (4.1 mil/0.9) and Love Island (1.8 mil/0.4) each dipped week-to-week.

ABC | That $ellebrity thing did 1.9 mil and a 0.3.

THE CW | Night 1 of the iHeartRadio Music Festival drew 475,000 total viewers and a 0.05 demo rating.

The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Warning: Contents may be hot!

Want scoop on any of the above shows? Email [email protected] and your question may be answered via Matt’s Inside Line.

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When Do New Episodes of ‘Great British Baking Show’ Air on Netflix?

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One episode in and The Great British Baking Show is already stirring the pot. The Channel 4 baking competition series made its Season 8 premiere on Netflix last week — and the contestants have already botched cakes of Freddie Mercury, Lupita Nyong’o, and David Bowie. With still nine episodes left to debut, this season has a whole lot left in store. Grab a cup of tea and brace yourself for this baking bonanza.

Noel Fielding has returned to host The Great British Baking Show, with judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood. On top of that, there’s a new baking aficionado in town — Matt Lucas has replaced Sandy Toksvig as a host, and he’s already a hit. The series found a way to shoot amidst the pandemic, too: instead of taking 12 weeks to film, they only filmed for six weeks in a self-contained biosphere. Don’t worry, though; there are still the usual 10 weeks worth of episodes slated to premiere over the next few months.

Here’s everything you need to know about The Great British Baking Show’s Netflix release schedule:

When will the next episode of The Great British Baking Show premiere on Netflix?

The next episode of The Great British Baking Show Season 8 will premiere this Friday, Oct. 2.

What is The Great British Baking Show release schedule? When do new episodes of The Great British Baking Show premiere on Netflix?

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What time do The Great British Baking Show episodes air on Netflix?

Each new episode of The Great British Baking Show will be available to stream on Netflix at 12 a.m. PT, or 3 a.m. ET on Friday mornings. If it’s time for the premiere and you don’t see a new episode appear on Netflix, refresh your Netflix page.

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