A moment for a happy thought

In the US, it emerged that a billionaire philanthropist had made good on his promise to give away almost his entire fortune. Charles F. Feeney, 86, made his final grant – $7m to Cornell University – at the end of 2016, bringing his lifetime donations to $8bn, and leaving him with $2m. His largesse (kept secret for years) has benefited everything from AIDS charities in Africa to hospitals in Vietnam.

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