The question is not, 'why is it so hard to get rich', but 'why is it so easy for some people to get rich?'
Wealth Secrets of the One Per Cent is an exploration of how people become billionaires. It looks at what we can learn about business from the super-wealthy, from the Ancient World to modern emerging economies, via the American Industrialists, the '90s dotcom boom and other key entrepreneurial moments in history.
Global Economic Forecaster Sam Wilkin's surprising conclusion is that despite superficial differences, from Mexican telecoms billionaires to Roman senators, their methods of wealth accumulation have a great deal in common. Behind almost every great fortune is a 'wealth secret'--a moneymaking technique that involves some sort of scheme for defeating the forces of market competition. They're not pretty, but then, who said making a billion was easy?
About the Author
Sam Wilkin is a senior advisor to Oxford Economics, one of the world's foremost global forecasting and research consultancies, where he previously served as head of business research. He is also a senior advisor to Oxford Analytica, a strategic analysis and advisory firm that counts among its clients many global companies and over 25 world governments. Sam received his B.A. in economics from Eckerd College, where he was the 2004 alumni fellow, and his M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago. He lives in New York and Oxford.
An amazing read. It turns out you don't need to be a genius to get fabulously wealthy. You only need to make one of these basic wealth secrets work for you. Wilkin's deep research studying Indian billionaires, American magnates, Russian oligarchs, Mexican tycoons, Roman generals and assorted others of the mega-rich lead Wilkin to identify their wealth secrets. Get on to one of those and you too can light your cigars with $100 bills . . . - Marvin Zonis, Professor Emeritus, Booth School of Business, the University of ChicagoIf you want to become ultra-rich, this book is for you
. Sam Wilkin combs history for a provocative and well-written account of the secrets of wealth formation. Just reading this book will make you richer.
- Darrell M. West, Vice President of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and author of Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust
Illuminating [and] eye-opening... sure to make libertarian heads explode'
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