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Richest Man in Town

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  101 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Secretly, if not overtly, almost everyone in America desires to become rich: to make it big, to enjoy the fruits of the most successful life imaginable. But unfortunately, most of us don't have a clue how to reach these all too elusive goals. Quite simply, there's no definitive road map for getting there, no proven plan, and certainly very little access to those who have b ...more
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Published May 4th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published May 1st 2009)
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May 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, and I thought that the advice given was sound and made sense.

The downside of this book is that it is 5% ideas and 95% anecdotes of the super wealthy backing up these ideas.

I also thought that this book placed too much emphasis on becoming the super wealthy elite and most of the people highlighted in the book were entrepreneurs and all were to a certain extent lucky. I think the book gives valuable principles about placing yourself in a situation to have the highest chance of
Jun 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

W. Randall Jones, founder of Worth Magazine, identified and interviewed the Richest Man in Towns (RMITs) in one hundred American towns and cities. Jones selected self-made types who found their own paths to success through hard work and their creativity. While members of this select group span a range of companies and industries, they share certain traits. Jones calls these traits the Twelve Commandments of Wealth.

Here are the first few:

1. Seek Money for Money's Sake and Ye Shall Not Fi
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Aug 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to The Richest Man In Town by W. Randall Jones, Stephen Bisciotti is the richest man in my hometown. Do you know who is the richest man in your hometown? If you have ever wondered you can probably discover him in Jones’s new book. In addition to listing the local Donald Trumps The Richest Man In Town attempts to answer how they became so successful.

To that end Jones interviews many of the richest men, from both large and small towns, to discern the twelve commandments of wealth:
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Oct 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-2009
The Richest Man in Town by W. Randall Jones (pp 256)

Jones seeks out the 100 richest self-made men and women in the United States and attempts to find commonalities between them and what made them who they are today. The first half of the book describes 12 Commandments of Wealth that he’s synthesized from all 100 interviews to describe the super self-made rich but it’s not a very statistical set and it’s very, very anecdotal and incredibly light. Some of the quotes and bits are interesting, but u
This is not a get rich quick book. It's written by the founder of Worth magazine, started in the early 1990's, who went to 100 towns across America to interview the richest person in the town to glean insights about what it takes to become the richest man or woman in town. The bottom line principle of this book is that it's not about the money - pick something you have a passion about, are willing to work hard at and be dedicated to, and that doing on its own will give you satisfaction, and the ...more
Part one and part two of the book were very interesting. In the first part he talks about himself and his background. In the second part it's about the 12 "commandments" of all the rich men/women he interviewed.

It was interesting to read about the common grounds these people have. I am not sure if any of this will make it more likely for you to become the richest man/woman in your town but it won't hurt you either.

Part three of the book is about the lifestyle traits of all these people and the
Rachel John
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: college students
Recommended to Rachel by: book giveaway
Shelves: first-reads
Interesting book, but I would agree - too many anecdotes - and not detailed anecdotes, more like quotes from rich guys without delving deep enough into who they are. I found myself skipping around rather than reading straight through. The twelve commandments themselves are helpful if you want to build wealth through entrepreneurship. However, it sounds like many of these traits are something you either have or don't have (like boundless energy and ambition).

I was attracted to this book because I
My first thought when I started this book was Horatio Alger. There is a rich man in your town, he is worth 150 Million + and you can do it too.

However, this book ends up being more of a general work success book than a get rich quick (or at all) book. The book contains good, general advice on how to be successful in your life. Some of the advice is good and can be achieved. Some is not so much. You can tell me that I have to enjoy work to be rich until you're blue in the face, but until I figur
May 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really liked this book! It had a lot of wisdom in it. My husband read it, and he really liked it too. I liked that it wasn't one man's theories on wealth. It was a compilation of many successful people's advice and what they had in common. My favorite quote was one from Winston Churchill that I haven't heard before, "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give."
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this, but the current top review sums up the issues well. 1. It's not really a blueprint for regular wealth, more like fabulous wealth. 2. The stories of people who obtained fabulous wealth are heavily influenced by survivorship bias. These people definitely seem to have great personal codes worth reviewing for your own, but plenty of other people could have followed these same codes and crashed and burned.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rich isn't just about dollars. These 100 RMIT have wealth in spirit and generosity as well. Interesting to learn of their educational background and the types of industries they succeeded in, the way they give back to their hometowns and alma maters. I love it when I find a good read on the library's New Book shelf.
Kimberly Ann
I haven't actually finished this book and don't think I will. It is good and even interesting in some ways, I'm just not that into it right now. I think it would be a great gift for a college graduate. It is not all about money but about hard work and things that drive really successful(not just rich) people.
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: money-business
The author identifies one hundred of the richest people in America and presents their common approaches to life. An informative and enjoyable book, not to mention one that could point you towards greater wealth.
Sep 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Forced myself to finish this book all the time wondering WHY I had wanted to read it. Turns out there is another book by the same title (different author) that I DID want to read. What a waste. I guess I did learn I have no interest in being wealthy...
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just read it! It will change the way you think, which is the starting point and a catalyst for success.
Jun 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing happens until something is sold. Nothing happens unless someone sells something, and that begins the chain of commerce.
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great stories! Fun read and interesting.
Nick Woodall
Absolutely worth it's weight in gold! Read it, devour it, live it. In a very readable style with interviewed research to back it up. I loved it!
Paula Schumm
Interviews of Richest Men/Women in Towns across America. Very interesting knowing how millionaires/billionaires are built.
Learned a few points, but not the strongest book of this genre.
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Si quieres saber quienes son los ricos en en mundo moderno y su historia, leelo, pero es como leer forbes.
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May 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Neat quick little read on the life of private business owners who are billionaires.
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W. Randall (Randy) Jones is an author, publisher, and media executive who has spent 30 years in the publishing, TV, Internet, film and media businesses. He is the founder of Worth, the financial lifestyle magazine for active, wealthy investors. Random House published his first book, The Greatest Stock Picks of All Time, in 2004. He is best known for writing The Richest Man in Town:The Twelve Comma ...more
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