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Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins
Born 1959
Troy, Michigan
Alma mater Hampshire College
Southern New Hampshire University
Religion Unitarian Universalist[1]

Chuck Collins (born 1959) is an author and a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, where he directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is also co-founder of Wealth for Common Good. He is an expert on U.S. economic inequality and has pioneered efforts to bring together investors and business leaders to speak out publicly against corporate practices and economic policies that increase economic inequality.


  • Early life 1
  • Education 2
  • Career 3
  • Works 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Collins grew up in suburban Detroit where he raised money for guide dogs and informed his neighborhood about the environment at a young age.[1] When he was 16, he learned that his father had setup an inheritance for him.[1] He first caught attention in 1985 when he gave an inheritance of $500,000 to several foundations at the age of 26.[1][2] When his conservative father Edward learned of his intentions, he was afraid he was a Marxist, though Collins instead stated that he was a Unitarian Universalist and later left to live in a commune.[1][3]


He is a graduate of Hampshire College (B.A., 1984), and holds a master's degree (1987) from the School of Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University.


According to United for a Fair Economy in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] Collins was also listed as part of the "members or friends" of the Boston Democratic Socialists of America in 2004.[4]


He is the author of 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It (ISBN 978-1609945923). Collins is coauthor, with William H. Gates, Sr., of the book Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes, which argues that the estate tax is both fair and necessary. He is also coauthor of Robin Hood Was Right and several other books.

Personal life

Collins is the great-grandson of 19th-century meatpacking mogul Oscar F. Mayer and the grandson of the U.S. pianist and composer Edward Joseph Collins. He resides in Jamaica Plain, Boston with his wife and daughter.


  1. ^ a b c d e f French, Kimberly. "From Riches to Responsibility Defending the Estate Tax".  
  2. ^ Fast Company interview with Collins
  3. ^ a b Selignman, Dan (14 April 2002). "The Leftist Billionaire Syndrome".  
  4. ^ "The Yankee Radical" (PDF). Boston Democratic Socialists of America. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 

External links

  • Book - 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It
  • Institute on Policy Studies Program on Inequality and the Common Good site
  • Wealth for the Common Good
  • This website is a portal to statistics, news, and opinions on economic inequality in the U.S.
  • United for a Fair Economy site
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