Profile: Douglas Tompkins, billionaire-turned-conservationist

December 9, 2015 1:43 PM

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Profile: Douglas Tompkins, billionaire-turned-conservationist

Douglas Tompkins made a fortune selling high-end jackets and adventure gear as the founder of North Face, but he spent his final years railing against the very corporate world that made him a billionaire.

"There's no doubt whatsoever that there's no future in capitalism," he said in a 2012 interview. "It's probably no more than 500 years old, and it's demonstrating over and over again that it is destroying the world."

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