Douglas R. Tompkins
Douglas R. Tompkins
"A former fashion magnate who co-founded North Face and Esprit, Tompkins was prompted to sell-up after an “epiphany” in the 1980s. He has since devoted his $150m fortune to buying up vast tracts of land in Chile, then Argentina, creating what is now one of the world’s largest privately owned conservation sites...
"In 1988 he and several friends bought 1,000 acres of forest in Chile's Lake District. And in 1989 founded the Ira-Hiti Foundation, the name often given to the Deep Ecology Foundation. Then in 1990 he sold his share of Esprit for a reported $150million.
"Miguel Stutzin of the National Committee for the Defence of Fauna and Flora (Chile’s oldest and most organized environmental group): "This kind of philanthropy doesn't exist in Latin America -- giving without getting something in return. And that has created enormous suspicions”." 
He produced the DVD The Next Economy: Transitions from Globalization to Eco-localism.
- Director, El Bosque Pumalin Foundation
- Conservation Leader, Apply the Brakes 
- Advisory Board, New Economics Institute 
- Member, Committee of 100 for Tibet
- Life Member, American Alpine Club 
- Patron (2009), Resurgence 
- Douglas Tompkins, “Worldwide Experience in the Creation of Areas for Conservation”, Undated.
- Edward Hume, Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet (HarperCollins, 2009).
Resources and articles
Related Sourcewatch articles
- Foundation for Ecology and Development
- Sea Shepherd 
- Cat Survival Trust
- Sebastian Pinera
- Yvon Chouinard
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
- Ancient Forests International
- Profile: Douglas Tompkins, New Statesman, accessed October 14, 2008.
- Leaders, Apply the Brakes, accessed September 13, 2010.
- Advisors, New Economics Institute, accessed December 12, 2011.
- Honorary & Life Members, American Alpine Club, accessed October 14, 2008.
- Resurgence Magazine, March/April 2009.