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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Billionaires Are Getting Even Richer From the Pandemic. Enough Is Enough.

With the right policy actions now, we can exit this pandemic on a pathway to a more decent and equitable society.

Let’s Stop Pretending Billionaires Are in the Same Boat as Us During This Pandemic

While millions of Americans were being thrown out of work by the coronavirus, the super rich saw their wealth increase 10 percent.

US Billionaire Wealth Surges as COVID-19 Pandemic Worsens.

As a percentage of wealth, billionaire taxes have fallen 79% since 1980.

Rich are Getting Richer, Despite Pandemic

As billionaires’ wealth continues to balloon, it’s time for them to pay their fair share.

Report: Billionaire Bonanza 2020

Billionaire wealth has grown astoundingly over the last few decades — and, for some “pandemic profiteers,” even more dramatically since the COVID-19 crisis.

Taxes Paid By Billionaires Decreased 79 Percent Since 1980, as Percentage of Their Wealth

As we emerge from this pandemic, substantial tax increases are inevitable. Central to the program should be a tax that limits the hoarding of wealth by the billionaire class.

Billionaires: A Visual Explainer

An illustrated look at a system allowing billionaire wealth to balloon, all at the expense of everything else we care about.

The US Would Be Better off With Fewer Billionaires

If we want to expand the middle class, lift up workers and protect the environment, we need to protect our democracy from extreme billionaire influence.

Taxing Wealth Emperors in the Empire State

The Strong For All coalition is pressing for higher taxes on the very rich rather than austerity budget cuts that hit the non-wealthy.

Luanda Leaks and the Global Wealth Defense Industry

Why we should focus on the enablers exposed in the Angola scandal: Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey, and PwC.

Dear Billionaires: Pitchforks or Fair Tax System?

Taxes are the best and only appropriate way to ensure adequate investment in the things our societies need.

Boston One Step Closer to a Luxury Real Estate Transfer Tax

A proposed 2 percent transfer tax on residential and commercial properties worth over $2 million could raise $169 million for affordable housing annually.

Are the Rich Secretly Hoarding Their Wealth in Seattle’s Luxury Condos?

According to a new study, nearly half of the units in one downtown building were owned by anonymous entities.

We Need a Surtax on Multimillionaires’ Income

Here’s the simplest way to collect more revenue from the richest 0.2 percent of Americans.

The Perils of Billionaire Philanthropy

The ultra-rich are using philanthropic vehicles to shield their wealth—it’s time Congress acted.

Born on Third Base: Chuck Collins Interview with The Question Lane Podcast

Inequality expert and activist Chuck Collins, who gave away his inheritance at 26, uses his perspective from both sides of the divide to deliver a new narrative.

Tax the Rich Before the Rest

Candidates should pledge that the middle class won’t pay $1 more in new taxes until billionaires put up at least $1 trillion.

It’s Time For a 100% Tax on Billionaire Estates

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos and her family’s generational wealth have skyrocketed since Trump’s policies were signed into law.

Taxing the (Very) Rich: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Here’s a primer for enjoying our inaugural conference on taxing the wealthiest 0.1 percent.

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