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How to Be a Billionaire: Proven Strategies from the Titans of Wealth

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"A truly enlightening work filled with fundamental strategies that have worked for others.Martin Fridson documents the essential principles inherent in every billionaire's success."

-Gordon Bethune
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Continental Airlines

Self-made billionaires all have one thing in common: they excel at making money. But hard work, thrift, and focus are only par
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 23rd 2001 by Wiley (first published December 24th 1999)
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Anton Klink
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
As the book was first published more than decade a ago, it may appear somewhat dated by omitting some of the more recent fashionable billionaires, but nevertheless it provides a nice overview of the careers and principles of some of the most iconic billionaires in history. We are provided with a short business bios of the likes of Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, John D. Rockefeller Sr., Ross Perot, J. Paul Getty, Sam Walton, Kirk Kerkorian and Richard Branson. In addition to these superstars of mone ...more
Rico Lamoureux
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Upon first glance of the title you might see this book as no different than the countless 'Get Rich' BS out there, but if you actually give it a chance you'll soon discover that it's something far greater.

Whether you're a tycoon enthusiast who loves such shows as The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, or someone who's just curious about the world around us, How To Be A Billionaire is a very insightful book that not only informs, but inspires as well!

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Franco Arda
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
The author tries to identify what the superrich did right and tries to formalize it in some structure. I use the word `try' because becoming rich is no hard science. We don't know what works and what doesn't. Unfortunately, the number of ways to do something wrong always exceeds the number of ways to do it right. The author tries to pinpoint the right ways. As with any case study, the attributes that `explain' success can also be used to `explain' failure. For example, taking monumental risk can ...more
Mohammad Ali Abedi
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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Here is my first complaint. Why is this book read by a woman? I know, I know, I’m being sexist, but the book is written in such obvious male tone, that it doesn’t really fit.

I’m still stuck with trying to become a millionaire, so for me this is not really a guide, since I’m not even THAT interested in being superwealthy. And good, because I don’t think it would have worked that well as a guide, but as a stories on billionaires, it was interesting. Plus, unlike other books, it
Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: billionaire wannabes
Broken down into chapters on the five qualities of billionaires and presented, I think, as a tongue-in-cheek guide to making billions, the author offers great, short biographies of some of history's as well as contemporary billionaires. It's a peek into what they did and what makes them tick. If you are intrigued by the great fortune makers and their rise to the top, this book will satisfy.
May 29, 2008 added it
This books talks about the sacrifices that you need to make if you want to make billions. More of a study on billionaires than a study on how to get there. The author does a good job of laying out why you would not even want to try.
Tao Lee
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note to self: Work hard, be a great negotiator, frugality pays, copying pays more than innovating, go public in the stock exchange, investing in the market alone will not amass billions - but going out there and actually making deals with people face to face will yield a greater return.
Bosse Bunch
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative.

Very informative.

This book is a good read for those seeking knowledge and great wealth. It started a little dry but quickly pick up speed. The billionaire profiles give you a strategic look into their business practices.
Sylv C
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A few useful takeaways but more importantly, lists quite a few interesting businessmen (e.g. Huizenga, Tisch) whose biographies are great reads.
Harsh Thaker
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aspiration, Inspiration, Perspiration
Erin Wicomb
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great strategies of Titians who started with nothing and overcame immense obstacles to make a dent in the universe. Really well researched and put together not a lot of fluff.
Mike Adeleke
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly incredible book. The type of book your read periodically to see if you really are moving on the path to massive wealth straight from the people who have already created it.
Peter B.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Learn from some of the greatest to ever build truly MASSIVE wealth!
Carlos DaSilva
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Billionaire are ruthless... Learnt he truth..
Richard Stephenson
I liked it.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book as two outlines it uses to lay out the content in the book. These outlines provide good themes and are then supported by interesting stories from famous titans of industry.
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent writing, very educational
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