So you want to learn how to become a billionaire?
Well, you came to the right place. Let me recommend a couple of books for your study. Be advised that I won't refer you to any of those manuals which claim to provide a roadmap to becoming a millionaire or billionaire. Likewise, I will ignore the books consisting of interviews with a smorgazbord of tycoons who offer free tips but few details on how to make it as big as they did. Ditto for self-congratulatory autobiographies.
Being a skeptic by nature, I'm far more interested what people do rather than in what they say. The best way to find out what tycoons did is to read books written by impartial observers such as business journalists and historians, in my humble opinion.
Last night I started reading Business 2.0 writer Om Malik's book, Broadbandits, about the men who amassed, and in some cases lost, huge fortunes in the broadband bubble of the late 1990s and early 00s. I stayed up till 2 am reading this book because I simply couldn't put it down. Currently, I'm only half way through it so won't comment in detail until later. However, it gets a strong buy recommendation from me because it does a fine job of detailing how these men built their companies.
Broadbandits reminds me of another book I enjoyed thoroughly. The book is the classic by Matthew Josephson, The Robber Barons, about the railroad, oil, and steel tycoons of late 19th century. I first read this one over ten years ago and consider it one of my favorite business books.
The reason I recommend these two books is because a careful study of both reveals that the basic business strategies for amassing great wealth are the same today as they have always been. Only the technology has changed.
So, if you're dead serious about building wealth as a captain of industry, go with these books instead of the narcissistic pablum from people like The Donald and his co-wealth gurus.
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