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King Larry: The Life and Ruins of a Billionaire Genius

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From Howard Hughes to Mark Zuckerberg, the public has always been fascinated by genius entrepreneurs who succumb to their eccentricities. Now, James Scurlock engages, educates, and entertains readers with the captivating story of DHL co-founder and billionaire Larry Hillblom.

King Larry begins with an early biography of Larry Lee Hillblom, a mercurial young man who grew up
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Scribner
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May 28, 2012 Carl rated it liked it
This is not a great book, but an interesting book. It could have had more editing to keep it focused on the subject, since there is a lot of extraneous scene and setting about getting the interviews for the book—yes, these guys are unusual, but it wanders off to the point that I was skimming many parts. This often leaves me wondering where we are in the story. Larry Hillblom was an odd character and did a lot of odd things to make a success of DHL. I would have appreciated a little bit more of h ...more
Mar 13, 2016 Thuy rated it really liked it
it was very detailed, and explains a lot of history without feeling so much like a history book.

i'm glad Be Lory and his Mom had the sense to put their boost in wealth to good use for their future and their legacy. giving birth under tree alludes to a more cultural symbolism to me, as a vietnamese american, who grew up in a buddhist home, where Sakyamuni himself attained enlightenment while sitting under a tree.

for the rest of the heirs it just shows that more money is not the answer to everyon
Feb 01, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
I received this as a giveaway from Goodreads First Reads. This is the story of Larry Hillblom who was one of the founders of the DHL company. Based on the extensively researched facts of a somewhat complex (to put it mildly) probate estate that consisted of so many somewhat shaky business deals, a multitude of greedy lawyers, and heirs popping out of the woodwork. that it compels the reader to continue on just to found out how it is finally settled.
Oct 25, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
This book was right up my alley as an estate planning attorney who spent a little over a year clerking in the probate court. The nightmare this Estate must have been for everyone involved! The book started slow for me... but once you get to the part where he dies (that should NOT be a spoiler alert moment) the book really takes off.
Oct 29, 2012 Sirreene rated it liked it
I found the book to be interesting. It had information in it of which I was unaware. I would have to fact check for my own personal accuracy as I do not believe anything I read. I found the subject of the book to be quite odd and surprisingly very much unknown.
Apr 23, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
The almost unbelievable story of the "H" in DHL. It should be a must-read for business school students. Reads like a novel. It would be interesting to learn how DHL survived and thrived in spite of its co-founders.
Feb 28, 2012 Kory rated it it was amazing
I'm only half way through the told life of Hillbrom. Could I be more fascinated? I want more stories of the such lucked or trifled.
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Jan 21, 2012 Walter Bush rated it liked it
Interesting read about a true character. Larry Hillblom was a true genius, and like many true geniuses, off the charts weird.
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Sep 09, 2013 Kalle Wescott rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read. More interesting, even, than the life story of the other King Larry (Ellison).
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James D. Scurlock studied at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania before dropping out to pursue an entrepreneurial venture and later a documentary film career. His first film, Parents of the Year, won numerous awards and was an official selection of more than twenty-five film festivals. His first feature-length documentary, Maxed Out, explored our culture of debt and wo ...more
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