The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!) Hardcover – Oct 20 2008
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"What is great about the book is that it uses real life examples...his best book in my opinion." (StockerBlog.Blogspot.com, December 28th 2008)
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Have you ever wondered how the super-rich built their wealthand whether you could do it the same way? If you have, this book is for you.
The Ten Roads to Riches takes an engaging and informative look at some of America's most famous (and infamous) modern-day millionaires (and billionaires) and reveals how they found their fortunes. Surprisingly, the super-wealthy usually get there by taking just one of ten possible roads. And now, so can you! Plenty of books tell you how to be frugal and save, but The Ten Roads to Riches tells you how you can, realistically, get super-rich.
Even if achieving super-wealth isn't your goal, you can still learn how to build more modest wealth by following the same successful paths others have used. In The Ten Roads to Riches, renowned investment expert and self-made billionaire Ken Fisher highlights amusing anecdotes of individuals who have traveled (or tumbled) down each road, and tells you how to increase your chances of success. Whether it's starting a business, owning real estate, investing wisely, or even marrying very, very well, Fisher will show how some got it right and others got it horribly wrong.
Throughout these pages, you'll:
Find out the right questions to ask when starting your own businessthe richest road of all!
Learn what Mark Cuban, Rupert Murdoch, and rapper Jay-Z have in common, and how you can emulate them.
Discover how to avoid high-profile flameouts like the Enron guys, jailed plaintiffs' lawyer Melvyn Weiss, and Alberto Vilarwho may have stolen from his clients to fund his opera habit!
And much more!
Whether you're just beginning to plan your financial future or well on your way, The Ten Roads to Riches can show you how to gain and, more importantly, maintain the wealth you want. Pick up this book today and discover how your net worth can be worth more.See all Product Description
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Mine is the book on CD. It was easy to listen and absorb the material on the first hearing. The facts are straight-forward, yet this is a subject that can get cloudy due to emotions. My impression is that most of us will not always appreciate how much time, hard work and sacrifice was usually required for somebody to get rich. Suddenly such people are celebrated in the media and we can tend to think of them as a special breed.
There is value in this book, not just for informing on the actual ways that people tend to become wealthy over time. The reader/listener is encouraged to select the paths that best correspond to their own situation. The main pros and cons for each path are listed, putting the paths themselves into perspective. Each path, other than marrying into wealth for example, does not resemble a short cut. One is encouraged to select a path while they're still young.
Fisher's last book, "The Only Three Questions that Count", was superb. This latest book is very different from "The Only Three Questions...", which is all about personal investing but which also has application to other areas of a person's life.
"The Ten Roads to Riches" is about the varied ways a person can build personal wealth. Fisher draws from his own experience of meeting many successful people, as he charts the paths. The chapters are insightful and written in a tongue-in-cheek style with ideas that can be easily visualized.
Some examples: The first chapter "The Richest Road", which is founding your own business and building it into the next Microsoft, Nike, or Charles Schwab. The third chapter, about the "Ride-alongs", people who hitch theirselves to the Bill Gates's or Warren Buffett's of the world and rise as they and their firm rise. If you are Warren Buffett's longtime sidekick, there's got to be wealth in that, right? (Yup. Charlie Munger is his name and his net worth is $2 billion.)
Chapter four is "Rich ... and Famous". Some tips: compose songs, don't sing them, and star high school baseball players have slightly better odds of making the big leagues then star football players.
Chapter five is "Marry Well, Really Well", which is very amusing, but also serious. Hey, if you want to get married, hang around with rich people and fall in love with one of them! Plenty of examples including John Kerry (twice) and John McCain.
Chapter six is "Steal It - Like a Pirate, But Legally", making a career as a plaintiff's lawyer and suing companies. Enough said.... And chapter nine is "Trumping the Land Barons" - all about real estate.
The last chapter is "The Road Most Travelled", about doing it the old-fashioned way - get a good job, work hard, save and invest wisely.
Each chapter is a survey, giving multiple examples of people who took the particular road, and offering ideas, but no detailed plan. At the end of each are brief reviews of suggested additional readings for anyone who might be inclined to follow that particular path. I was surprised that there are actually serious books about how to "Marry Well", but maybe I shouldn't have been?
An enjoyable, quick read about one aspect of the business of life.
What is the difference between this book and the author's other books about capital markets? The books on capital markets will teach how to invest wisely, but they don't teach how to become a billionaire, they just assume you already have enough investable money to have interest in capital markets and how they work.
To have enough investable money, it's better to be rich. And this is what this book about. While books like "Millionaire Next Door" in a plenitude, they teach you to save, to live beyond your means, to have compounding interest work for you as a way to get rich. But a majority of billionaires, like Bill Gates, never saved a penny. They have just created their wealth, rather than accumulated it by saving.
If you liked the chapter "Managing other people's money", I can also recommend the author's subsequent book "How to smell a rat", that augments and expands the topic of this chapter.
- Lots of statistical figures to proof the author's assertions
- Lots of useful tips throughout the book
- Lots of myths demystified about different professions, commonly believed to bring megawealth, e.g. sports players, actors, musicians, lawyers, etc.
- Each chapter has valuable references to further reading
- Minor factual errors: for example, the author wrote that Warren Buffett bought a "tiny" company Berkshire Hathaway. In fact, in 1955 the company had 15 plants employing over 12,000 workers.
- An audio version on CD (released by HarperAudio on November 4, 2008) has a foreword read by Ken Fisher with very awful quality, the sound seems to be distorted by excessive compression, voice sounds like "electronic" and is hard to tolerate. The rest of the book, read by J.s. Gilbert, is OK.
One caveat is that I wish Fisher had written more on the pro's and con's of the professions (doctor, lawyer, investment banker) instead of lumping them in to the final road to wealth ("the road more traveled").