How The North Face Founder Went From High School Dropout to Millionaire Conservationist

December 9, 2015 9:22 PM

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The late Doug Tompkins, who died Tuesday, used his retailing fortune to preserve millions of acres of Chilean wilderness.

Doug Tompkins, a high school dropout who made a fortune founding the clothing lines The North Face and Esprit and then used his wealth to conserve millions of acres in Patagonia, died yesterday in Chile. He was 72.

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