Chuck Collins is the Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he co-edits Inequality.org.

He is an expert on U.S. inequality and the racial wealth divide and author of over ten books and dozens of reports about inequality, climate disruption, philanthropy, the racial wealth divide, affordable housing, and billionaire wealth dynasties.

His newest book, to be published in May 2023, is a novel, Altar to an Erupting Sun (Green Writers Press), a near-future story of one community facing climate disruption in the critical decade ahead.

His 2021 book, The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Spend Millions to Hide Trillions (Polity Books), unmasks the industry of professional enablers that assist the ultra-wealthy to hide wealth and dodge taxes.

He is author of the popular book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green); He is co-author, with the late Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life.

He was featured in this interview in Sun Magazine and with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.

He is co-author of several IPS reports including “White Supremacy Is the Pre-Existing Condition: Eight Solutions to Ensure the Economic Recovery Reduces the Racial Wealth Divide,” Gilded Giving 2022: How Wealth Inequality Disrupts Philanthropy and Imperils Democracy, “Billionaire Enabler States: How U.S. States Captured by the Trust Industry Help the World’s Wealthy Hide Their Fortunes (2022), Silver Spoon Oligarchs: How America’s 50 Largest Inherited Wealth Dynasties Accelerate Inequality (2021) and “Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes, and Pandemic Profiteers.”

He is a founding member of the Patriotic Millionaires. In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.

For media inquiries, contact Olivia Alperstein at olivia@ips-dc.org. For public speaking inquiries, contact Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau.

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Global Billionaire Wealth Surges $4 Trillion Over Pandemic

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Raising This Tax Would Make the Ultra-Rich Pay Their Fair Share

A reformed estate tax could reduce extreme wealth inequality and end tax breaks for dynasty trusts and other loopholes exploited by the rich.

BOOK: The Wealth Hoarders

How billionaires pay millions to hide trillions.

Sanders Estate Tax Bill Shuts Down Wealth Hiding Loopholes

The Vermont senator and former presidential candidate takes shot across the bow of the wealth defense industry.

A Year of Billionaire Pandemic Gains

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Tax Wealth to Fix the Nation’s Woes

Members of the billionaire class have used their clout to rig the economy in their favor.

For Every Buck a Billionaire Gives to Charity, You Chip in Up to 74 Cents

The wealthier the donor, the bigger the taxpayer subsidy.

Foundation Payout Mandate Would Raise $8.7 Billion in Revenue Over 3 Years

The mandate would also have both a positive fiscal impact and give a $200 billion boost to active charities.

Taking on a Billionaire Landlord in the Twin Cities

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No, The Rich Are Not Paying Their Fair Share

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Billionaire Wealth Gains Could Pay for Two-Thirds of COVID Relief Bill

America’s wealthiest 657 billionaires stand $1.3 trillion richer than they were last March.

New Report: Frist Family Pandemic Fortunes

Pandemic doubles wealth of private, for-profit hospital billionaire Thomas F. Frist Jr.’s family to $15.6 billion.

Frist Family Leads Pandemic Profiteer Parade in Health Sector

For-profit hospital billionaire owners see their wealth increase by $8.1 billion since March 2020.

COVID-19 Has Made the Super-Rich Richer. It’s Time for a Billionaire Wealth Tax

The U.S.’s billionaires have amassed democracy-distorting concentrations of wealth and power as millions have been thrown into poverty

We Should Tax Billionaires’ Wealth to Help Pay for the Pandemic Recovery

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s bill would levy a small tax on billionaire fortunes. It could raise billions for recovery—and help protect our democracy.

Time for the Warren-Jayapal Wealth Tax

Billionaires have reaped tremendous gains during the pandemic. A wealth tax will slow the build-up of democracy-distorting concentrations of wealth and power.

Financial Reserves and the Racial Wealth Gap

Black and Latinx households have less to fall back on when the times get tough.

Through 11 Months of National Pandemic Misery, U.S. Billionaires Have Grown $1.3 Trillion Richer

664 Richest Americans Now Worth a Collective $4.2 Trillion, Up 44 Percent Since COVID Shutdowns Began in March 2020

U.S. Billionaire Wealth Grows $1.3 trillion Since Mid-March 2020

The 664 richest Americans are now worth a collective $4.2 trillion, up 44 percent since COVID shutdowns began in March 2020.

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Program on Inequality and the Common Good

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