By Georgina Ferry

On 17 March 1967 the 26-year-old David Sainsbury wrote out a cheque for £5 and confirmed the belief which might turn into the Gatsby Charitable starting place. Gatsby's goal used to be bold - to make the area a greater position via taking up many of the social, financial and clinical demanding situations that face humanity. in recent times, Gatsby has spent round £50m each year on charitable actions, and via its fiftieth anniversary in 2017 it is going to have spent over £1bn on programmes that variety from decreasing poverty in Africa to elevating the normal of technical schooling, investigating how vegetation struggle sickness, and checking out how the mind works. yet regardless of Gatsby's vast achieve and the extent of its donations, it has continually functioned discreetly and out of the general public eye. Georgina Ferry's in-depth account finds its achievements and invitations us to question how the super-rich - or even the reasonably prosperous - may well spend their cash extra correctly and for the typical good.

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