Photo: Brad Vest/The New York Times

Charles F. Feeney. You may not know the name but that doesn’t matter as it hasn’t stopped him from being one of the largest grant contributors in the US, Ireland, South Africa, and Vietnam in the last 15 years.

How? Mr. Feeney runs Atlantic Philanthropies, a group of private foundations that give money to charities, funds, and organizations that delve into things like medical care, immigration reform, criminal justice, and education. In this New York Times article, Feeney talks about how he will give away his remaining $1.5 billion by 2016 and possibly continue to do so after that if he remains wealthy. He’s essentially everything you wouldn’t expect from a typical rich man — generous, caring, and uninhibited by his wealth and his motivation to give it all back to the people who need it most. What’s most surprising, to me at least, is that he’s not doing it for fame or notoriety. In fact, if he had it his way, he’d remain anonymous until death. Read up on this amazing man here.