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Home is Where the Heart is for Philanthropist Berber
Samantha McCaughren– “To have been blessed with success in business was exciting, but to be able to use those skills to help make a real difference in the lives of so many is fulfilling and purposeful.” So says Texan-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Philip Berber, who sold his share-trading firm CyberCorp to Charles Schwab for a sweet $488m in 2000. The Dubliner – who co-founded the charity ‘A Glimmer of Hope’ with his wife Donna to reduce extreme poverty in rural Ethiopia, as well as helping charities in Austin, Texas – is counting his blessings now that their children have flown the nest.
Berber is selling his stunning lakeside holiday home in Austin, where the couple also have a main home, for €12.9m.
The four-bed, seven-bathroom home is on sale in several lots because it sits on 36 acres of land. It comes with basketball and tennis courts, equestrian facilities, a boat dock, walking trails, fountains, ponds, streams, a pool and spa.
“It’s full of wonderful memories for us, particularly from when our children were younger,” says Berber who has been listed, along with his wife Donna on Barron’s 25 ‘best givers’ list. Berber’s charity, engaged in microfinance and water provision in Ethiopia, boasts a 98pc repayment rate on its micro-finance loans – an outstanding return that any business, let alone a charity, would want on its books., 4521 Commanders Point Drive is listed with Dave Murray and Eric Moreland.