Our Story

General Atlantic was founded by an entrepreneur and philanthropist who built a global business. We aim to help our portfolio companies achieve the same. 

Chuck Feeney, co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers, established General Atlantic in 1980 to invest in high-growth businesses, support visionary founders like himself and fund the global charitable pursuits of the Atlantic Philanthropies, to which he has donated virtually all of his wealth. 

Those roots have guided our values and our decision making: a global mindset, growth orientation, innovation and creativity. Our partnership approach and collaboration with our portfolio companies, our investors and each other enables us to magnify our impact.

Our capital partner relationships have expanded over the past four decades, building from our legacy as a family-led capital base. We operate outside of traditional funding cycles, utilizing patient and long-term capital. We are the largest investor in our strategy.