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All the Money in the World: How the Forbes 400 Make--and Spend--Their Fortunes

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Published to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Forbes 400, All the Money in the World, the work of a team of prominent editors and business writers, goes behind the celebrated list to paint a vivid and revealing portrait of the wealthiest Americans of the past quarter century. Abundantly anecdotal, with insights gleaned from original research, interviews wi ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Knopf
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Garrett Burnett
Jul 09, 2008 rated it did not like it
While the book had a number interesting histories of businesses and their founders, it read like a series of cobbled-together Forbes articles (which I imagine is all the book is). People named in the book were introduced every time they were mentioned as though the authors had no confidence that we would remember who they were talking about from page to page. Also, every time a name was mentioned, it was followed by a year and a net worth (in this fashion: Bill Gates, 2006 net worth $62 billion, ...more
Florin Roșoga
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Roni Laukkarinen
Did not finish. Gave up in 48%, tried as audiobook. Been reading a lot of money related literature but this one is just too pointless and boring. Really frustrating to follow jumping from one story to another.
Mar 03, 2021 marked it as abandoned
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This was a super interesting look at the richest people in the world, how they got that way and how they live!

It was definitely an inspiring look at what’s involved in making and keeping millions and billions of dollars, I just lost interest about halfway through.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was REALLY interesting. By the end it got a little long, but it was a good read.
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
I didn’t actually finish this book. The first book was fine but I lost interest.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started and stopped All the Money in the World over a month's time.
Reading this 2007 book in 2020 meant the data about wealth was - dated.
The section about how people made their millions to get on the Forbes list was interesting.
It was depressing to learn how many people of questionable character made out like bandits because - they are bandits.
Given current events, I should be used to it by now.
Jose Mari
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
How much is happiness? Around US$50k a year. Earning 5k or 5M a year can be miserable.

Inheriting a huge amount is the formula to become poorer by a few millions from billions. Stay hungry and you can get back that slot in the fortune 400.

Do not aspire to be a millionaire, aspire to do well in something you are willing to do for free. However, if you are being given the millionaire title because you earned it, do not say no.

Philanthropy is rare even for those who have a lot. Bless the soul of
Standards Malaysia
Mar 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
Since the 1970s, Forbes has been calculating what it calls the CLEWI-the Cost of Living Extremely Well Index. While the consumer price index (CPI), which roughly measures the increase in the cost of living for more average Americans, has doubled since 1982, the CLEWI has almost quadrupled. But have the wallets of the rich been hurt? Hardly. As the dotted line indicates, the very rich have gotten much, much richer over the same period-by a factor of ten, in fact. So these days the 400 are spendin ...more
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a very informative book, and I was very entertained by it, but it's nothing groundbreaking. It works as just a light read for anyone that's curious about general patterns in wealth creation.

It's also a nice overview of the major economic patterns of the latter half of the 20th century.

There is a very valuable discussion of luck and its role in wealth creation, which I think will be of value to anyone. overall, a light recommend
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was very informative about the lives of some of the Forbes 400's most well-known members throughout the years. At times the pages of the book were overwhelmed with data from many different angles which made it annoying at times.

Overall a great read with many supporting facts and numbers.

Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Eh, this book was just ok. I won't say it wasn't interesting, but somewhat repetitive and overdone. So sad to see the damage that a whole lot of money has done in some families. On the other hand, it warmed my heart to hear of the many charities that some of the super wealthy have donated to. Also scary was to see the influence on politics many of these people have had. ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was more focused on the "how the Forbes 400 'spend' their fortunes" (not how they made it) and I disappointingly found very little depth to this area. Also seeing that this was written in 2007 before the housing bubble hit the fan I think some of the details are probably are a little outdated by this point in time. ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: alreadyread
I had higher hopes for this book, similar to how millionaire next door played out. Unfortunately, this was more of a US Weekly styled book trying to highlight the lives of individuals that graced the Forbes list. Unless you just need something to read, don't bother. ...more
May 26, 2009 rated it liked it
I thought the book would be full of dramatic stories of people going on lavish spending sprees, but this was really not the purpose of the book. The authors approach this book as more of analytical review of the Forbes 400 than anything else.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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What a good book. Well written and easy to follow. Gives good insight into the many capitalists who are running the US. I would recommend this to anyone interested in entrepreneurship and the modern day wealthy.
Jul 25, 2011 added it
2008- An interesting overview of past and present Forbes 400 members. I thought the first and third parts were the most intriguing. One small gripe- found a few spelling errors, which always makes me wonder how accurate all the other facts and figures in the book were.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
- sub-titled: "How the Forbes 400 make - and spend - their fortunes."
- interesting subject, and well laid out, with charts, graphs, and fascinating 'factoids'
- I would have enjoyed it more it it had ben 1/3 shorter
Oct 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Interesting view on the wealthy. Behind the scenes of philanthropy and the family squabbles.
Lucy capo
Oct 15, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: yes very good book
i loved this book.. very good book.. u should read it.. i enjoyed it very much
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Lot's of research and important info on the history of the families. ...more
Mar 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
The author somehow managed to transform what should have been an interesting subject into a really boring book
Jun 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Could not finish this. One damn fact after another, presented in tedious style.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Not my usual cup of tea, but full of interesting facts and includes input and interviews from the Forbes 400 list.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
This read like a synthesis of Forbes articles that were published in its annual "Forbes 400" issue - nothing particularly new, fresh or insightful. ...more
Alberto Lopez
Jun 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting yet trivial.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable from start to finish with great insight into many of the richest on planet Earth. Would highly reccomend to anyone interested in money or biographies.
J.H. Johnson
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
This read was okay. It brings to light the path on how many fortunes were made.
Brian O'mahony
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Easy to read and eye opening. The money that some people have is just staggering.

Josh Stewart
Very instructive; a manual on how to accomplish the elusive goal of becoming wealthy and powerful.
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