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The Ten Roads to Riches, 2nd Edition

Book Description

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

Table of Contents

  1. Preface: Now, More Than Ever
    1. Why Now?
    2. The Times They Are A-Changin’, But Not By Much
    3. Same Roads, New Faces
    4. A Roadmap to the Ten Roads
    5. When You Come to A Fork in the Road, Take It
    6. Celebrity or No?
    7. A Sidetrack Off The Road
    8. The Right Road
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About The Authors
  4. Chapter 1 The Richest Road
    1. Picking a Path
    2. Newer or Better?
    3. Built to Sell or Built to Last?
    4. Bootstrap or Finance?
    5. Public or Private?
    6. The Big Bull’s-Eye
    7. Founders Are Quitters—Just Do It
  5. Chapter 2 Pardon Me, That’s My Throne
    1. Gray Hair and Dues-Paying
    2. A CEO-volution (Through My Father’s Eyes)
    3. How to Lead
    4. How to Get the Job
    5. Aim Small . . . at First
    6. The Big Payday
    7. CEOs and Superheroes
    8. The Best Part
    9. Executive Education
  6. Chapter 3 Along for the Ride: Ride-Alongs
    1. Why Ride Along?
    2. Pick the Right Firm
    3. Be the Right Guy
    4. Ride-Along Reading
  7. Chapter 4 Rich . . . and Famous
    1. The Talent Show
    2. Potholes Ahead No One Sees!
    3. Mogul Meandering
    4. Read Your Way to Fame
  8. Chapter 5 Marry Well. Really Well
    1. How to Marry a Millionaire Billionaire
    2. Like a Fine Wine—Well Maintained
    3. Men Can Play, Too!
    4. Love, Marriage, and Money
    5. Do It by the Book
  9. Chapter 6 Steal It—Like a Pirate, But Legally
    1. Crusader or Pirate?
    2. Raider’s Road
    3. The Richest Legal Road
    4. Tort Us and the Scare
    5. Target Practice
    6. When a Pirate Becomes a Villain
    7. The Inside Track
  10. Chapter 7 OPM—Not Opium: Where Most of the Richest Are
    1. Basic OPM Career Rules
    2. Steps to OPM Wealth
    3. Hedge Your Bets
    4. Private Equity’s Big Bucks
    5. Don’t Break the Law
    6. Love Capitalism, Not Social Acceptance
  11. Chapter 8 Inventing Income
    1. The True Inventors
    2. Writing for Dollars
    3. Political Pensions—and Good News
    4. If You Can’t Be President . . .
    5. Think Tanks Run Amok—a Sham-Scam
    6. Monetized Reading
  12. Chapter 9 Trumping the Land Barons
    1. The Magic
    2. Monetize It
    3. The Fool’s Bargain
    4. Flippin’s for Friggin’ Losers
    5. Getting Started
    6. Buy, Build, or Both?
    7. Where to Be and Not to Be; That Is the Question
    8. Baron Books
  13. Chapter 10 The Road More Traveled
    1. Income Matters
    2. Saving Grace
    3. Get a Good Rate of Return (Buy Stocks)
    4. The Right Strategy
    5. Bonds Are Riskier Than Stocks—Seriously
    6. Like Hetty?
    7. Reading for Dollars
  14. Index
  15. Eula