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The Ten Roads to Riches
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The Ten Roads to Riches
The Ways the Wealthy Got There (and How You Can, Too!)
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Profiles of some of America's richest people and how they got that way—and how you can too!

While we can't promise that this book will elevate you to the ranks of the super-rich, we can say that within its pages you'll discover everything you need to know about how, exactly, many of America's most famous (and infamous) millionaires and billionaires acquired their fortunes. The big surprise is that all of the super-wealthy it profiles got where they are today by taking one of just ten possible roads—including starting a business, buying real estate, investing wisely, and marrying extremely well. Whether you aspire to shameful wealth or just a demure fortune, bestselling author and self-made billionaire, Ken Fisher, will show you how to walk in the footsteps of tycoons—all the way to the financial success you dream of and deserve.

  • Packed with amusing anecdotes of individuals who have traveled (or tumbled) down each road to wealth
  • Extracts valuable lessons on how you, too, can achieve serious wealth, and, just as importantly, hold onto it
  • Provides powerful tools for determining what you need to do to position yourself for success and "Guideposts" and "Warning Signs" to help keep you safely on your road to success
  • Second Edition features more profiles and instructive examples than were found in the bestselling first edition
  • Profiles of some of America's richest people and how they got that way—and how you can too!

    While we can't promise that this book will elevate you to the ranks of the super-rich, we can say that within its pages you'll discover everything you need to know about how, exactly, many of America's most famous (and infamous) millionaires and billionaires acquired their fortunes. The big surprise is that all of the super-wealthy it profiles got where they are today by taking one of just ten possible roads—including starting a business, buying real estate, investing wisely, and marrying extremely well. Whether you aspire to shameful wealth or just a demure fortune, bestselling author and self-made billionaire, Ken Fisher, will show you how to walk in the footsteps of tycoons—all the way to the financial success you dream of and deserve.

  • Packed with amusing anecdotes of individuals who have traveled (or tumbled) down each road to wealth
  • Extracts valuable lessons on how you, too, can achieve serious wealth, and, just as importantly, hold onto it
  • Provides powerful tools for determining what you need to do to position yourself for success and "Guideposts" and "Warning Signs" to help keep you safely on your road to success
  • Second Edition features more profiles and instructive examples than were found in the bestselling first edition
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    About the Author-
    • KEN FISHER is best known for his prestigious "Portfolio Strategy" column in Forbes magazine. As well as being the longest-running continuous columnist at the publication, he is the founder and Executive Chairman of Fisher Investments.

      ELISABETH DELLINGER is an analyst at Fisher Investments and senior editor of MarketMinder.com. She is also coauthor of Beat the Crowd with Ken Fisher.

      LARA W. HOFFMANS has coauthored numerous bestsellers with Ken Fisher, including The Only Three Questions That Count, How to Smell a Rat, and Plan Your Prosperity.

    Table of Contents-
    • Preface: Now, More Than Ever ix

      Acknowledgments xxiii

      About the Authors xxvii

      Chapter 1 The Richest Road 1

      Picking a Path 3

      Newer or Better? 4

      Built to Sell or Built to Last? 6

      Bootstrap or Finance? 10

      Public or Private? 11

      The Big Bull’s-Eye 13

      Founders Are Quitters—Just Do It 17

      Chapter 2 Pardon Me, That’s My Throne 23

      Gray Hair and Dues-Paying 24

      A CEO-volution (Through My Father’s Eyes) 25

      How to Lead 33

      How to Get the Job 34

      Aim Small . . . at First 36

      The Big Payday 37

      CEOs and Superheroes 40

      The Best Part 43

      Executive Education 43

      Chapter 3 Along for the Ride: Ride-Alongs 47

      Why Ride Along? 48

      Pick the Right Firm 50

      Be the Right Guy 55

      Ride-Along Reading 59

      Chapter 4 Rich . . . and Famous 61

      The Talent Show 63

      Potholes Ahead No One Sees! 67

      Mogul Meandering 72

      Read Your Way to Fame 78

      Chapter 5 Marry Well. Really Well 81

      How to Marry a Millionaire Billionaire 83

      Like a Fine Wine—Well Maintained 90

      Men Can Play, Too! 93

      Love, Marriage, and Money 96

      Do It by the Book 97

      Chapter 6 Steal It—Like a Pirate, but Legally 99

      Crusader or Pirate? 100

      Raider’s Road 101

      The Richest Legal Road 103

      Tort Us and the Scare 104

      Target Practice 112

      When a Pirate Becomes a Villain 115

      The Inside Track 117

      Chapter 7 OPM—Not Opium: Where Most of the Richest Are 121

      Basic OPM Career Rules 122

      Steps to OPM Wealth 124

      Hedge Your Bets 130

      Private Equity’s Big Bucks 135

      Don’t Break the Law 137

      Love Capitalism, Not Social Acceptance 142

      Chapter 8 Inventing Income 145

      The True Inventors 146

      Writing for Dollars 148

      Political Pensions—and Good News 153

      If You Can’t Be President . . . 155

      Think Tanks Run Amok—a Sham-Scam 159

      Monetized Reading 161

      Chapter 9 Trumping the Land Barons 165

      The Magic 166

      Monetize It 166

      The Fool’s Bargain 169

      Flippin’s for Friggin’ Losers 171

      Getting Started 172

      Buy, Build, or Both? 175

      Where to Be and Not to Be; That Is the Question 177

      Baron Books 181

      Chapter 10 The Road More Traveled 183

      Income Matters 184

      Saving Grace 186

      Get a Good Rate of Return (Buy Stocks) 191

      The Right Strategy 194

      Bonds Are Riskier Than Stocks—Seriously 202

      Like Hetty? 205

      Reading for Dollars 206

      Notes 209

      Index 227

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