How to Be a Billionaire: Proven Strategies from the Titans of Wealth

Version: Unabridged
Author: Martin S. Fridson
Narrator: Johanna Ward
Genres: Business & Economics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2010
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 9 minutes
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How to Be a Billionaire looks at the careers, the methods, and the minds of self-made billionaires to distill the common keys to titanic accumulations of wealth. Each chapter explores a specific strategy and brings it to life through extended profiles of past and present masters of the art of making money.

Do you think innovation is the best way to prosper in business? Sam Walton, founder of the Wal-Mart retail chain, would tell you otherwise. The key to Walton's success was supreme devotion to copying the methods of other successful discounters.

What could be less complicated than buying low and selling high? But the ascent of Warren Buffett, John Kluge, and Laurence Tisch to billionaire status depended on much more than an eye for good bargains.

And if you're looking to thrive by outmanaging the competition, look no further than Richard Branson. When the founder of Virgin Atlantic needed to reduce his staff by 400 people, 600 volunteered to take off a few months on sabbatical.

How to Be a Billionaire identifies the methods, beliefs, and behaviors every business person must understand and emulate to reach the pinnacle of riches. A manual for success that can benefit every aspiring tycoon, it is a fascinating read for anyone intrigued by wealth and the pursuit of it.

Reviews (2)


Written by Anonymous on February 27th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Historical information interesting but no practical advice for the normal person.

How to be a Billionaire

Written by BigMac from San Diego, CA on September 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is stuff they *REALLY* don't teach you in Business School -- but this is the most brutally honest and comprehensive account of "wealth 101" you will probably hear. In truth, most people probably don't have the constitution for many of the stomach-turning tactics described herein -- but this book tells no lies. This book may violate your sense of "fairness" -- which is precisely why these men are (were) wealthy and you are not. Covering tactics of wealth builders over the last 100 years this book is morbidly fascinating in the way that watching a spider dissect a fly is fascinating. I recommend it.

Author Details

Author Details

Fridson, Martin S.

Martin S. Fridson received his BA cum laude in history from Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been a guest lecturer at the graduate business schools of Babson, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, and many more. He is the author of Investment Illusions, It Was a Very Good Year, and Financial Statement Analysis.