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Fisher (Wall Street Waltz, Contemporary Bks., 1987), the author of the "Portfolio Strategy" column in Forbes magazine, here presents a collection of brief (three- to four-page) biographies of individuals who made notable contributions to American finance. Fisher's list of 100 embraces both the successes and the failures, with Chapter 7 devoted to "Crooks, Scandals, and Scalawags." Fisher opted to include only deceased figures, and all but a handful are Americans. Many of them (e.g., Vanderbilt, Morgan, Gould) will be familiar to all readers; others (such as Evangeline Adams, a fortune-teller who made market predictions for rich and famous clients) are less prominent but more entertaining to read about. This informative book achieves its stated purpose of being "fun." Recommended for libraries with large popular business collections; less suitable for reference purposes.
Mark McCullough, Ohio Northern Univ. Lib., Ada
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


“…trawl through the biographies of those who have made the markets move for some of the right – and wrong – reasons.” (FT's Investment Adviser, Monday 18th February 2008)
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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047013951X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470139516
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ken Fisher: CEO of Fisher Investments

Ken Fisher is founder, Chairman and CEO of Fisher Investments, an independent money management firm managing tens of billions of dollars for large pension plans, endowments, and foundations globally, as well as thousands of high net worth individuals.

Ken Fisher: Forbes Columnist

Ken Fisher is best known for his over 30 year tenure as Forbes' Portfolio Strategy columnist--the third longest running columnist in Forbes 90+ year history. Third-party research firm, CXO Advisory Group's "Guru Grades" ranks Fisher among the most accurate stock market forecasters over recent years.*

Ken Fisher: Bestselling Author

Ken Fisher has written eleven books on investing and personal finance, four of which were New York Times bestsellers. Recent books include 2015's Beat the Crowd, 2013's The Little Book of Market Myths, 2012's Plan Your Prosperity, 2011's Markets Never Forget, 2010's Debunkery, 2009's How to Smell a Rat, 2008's The Ten Roads to Riches, and 2006's The Only Three Questions That Count - all published by John Wiley & Sons. Other books include 1984's Super Stocks, 1987's The Wall Street Waltz, and 1993's 100 Minds That Made the Market. Ken Fisher's books have been translated into 9 languages, reaching over 3/4 of global GDP.**

Fisher Investments Press

Ken Fisher's firm, Fisher Investments, embarked on a publishing imprint with John Wiley & Sons in 2007, focusing on investing-related topics. Titles published under the imprint, Fisher Investments Press, so far include 20/20 Money and Own the World and the Fisher Investments On series, which focuses on the 11 primary investing sectors. The series includes in depth coverage on nine popular financial sectors, and Emerging Markets.

Other Ken Fisher Contributions

Ken Fisher has been published, interviewed and/or been written about in many major American, British, Canadian, German and Swiss finance or business periodicals. Fisher has been on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans and the Forbes Global Billionaire lists since 2005. Ken Fisher is also on Investment Advisor magazine's prestigious IA-30 list of the 30 most influential people in and around money management over the last 30 years.***

* Based on a report completed in 2013 by CXO Advisory Group. The final report, titled "Guru Grades", contains accuracy ratings for 68 forecasters collected over a period from 2005 to 2012 including market forecasts by Ken Fisher as published in Forbes. Ken Fisher's market forecasts in Forbes represent his personal forecasts of the overall market and are not an indication of the performance of Fisher Investments. Not all forecasts may be as accurate as those in the past. Investing in securities involves the risk of loss. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

**Based on countries' official languages and GDP reported by the IMF, as of April 2013.


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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
100 great biographies of the most influential personalities that affect the markets even today. If you're interested in how our markets developed from it's chaotic beginning this is a great book. I particularly enjoyed the section on crooks and scams. It's amazing some of the things people will do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Merkel on January 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Some people are hard to buy gifts for. With books, there is often a trade-off between books that say a lot, and those that people are willing to read. One book that I think hits the sweet spot is 100 Minds That Made The Market, by Ken Fisher.

Why do I think this? This book is 100 little books in one volume. You can pick this book up for five minutes, and read a well-written 3-4 page biography of person who has had a significant impact on how our markets work today. Then you can put it down, get back to work, and think that you have learned something significant.

When I read this book back in the late '90s, I recognized about half of the people who were profiled in the book. I felt that I learned a lot in a short amount of time.

Consider the categories of people that the book deals with:

* The greats of the distant past (late 18th Century to mid 19th Century)
* Investment Writers and Data Publishers
* Famous investment bankers
* Bankers
* Central Bankers
* New Deal Regulators
* Swindlers, Scamps, Rogues, and Thieves
* Statisticians, Economists, and Nuts
* Successful Entrepreneurs and Speculators
* Unsuccessful Entrepreneurs and Speculators
* Notable Oddballs
* And more

The biographies are well-written and concise. They illustrate eras in Western, and in particular, American Capitalism. Many of the names are obscure in the present day, but after you read the biography, you have no doubt that they were important to their era.

I enjoyed the book greatly, and hope that you will too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil F. Sambol on February 16, 2013
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Very interesting but marred by the author's frequent personal remarks against the regulators and regulation of Wall Street in any way. Thanks but no thanks, I bought this book for the short biographies. I took one star off for that.

Another continuous flaw to an otherwise excellent book is the constant typos, at least in the Kindle version. It is clear that NO ONE read the Kindle version before it went to press. I took another star off for this.

This book is not about trading, it is about the history and people that made up the market that we have today. If you are looking for a good trading book, there are many to be found elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.L. on February 27, 2013
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Bought this book a couple years ago to read on a long airline flight and would recommend the book to others who also enjoy reading about the history of those individuals who shaped the financial world.

Was a fun book to read since it gives on average a 2 - 3 page synopsis of many of the individuals who shaped the financial world as well as their sometimes "humorous financial follies".

It is an easy read, but at the same time an extremely fun book to read for those who enjoy finance and the history of finance.

*** Note: This is not a book specifically about trading or investing, but rather a book about the history of those people who shaped the financial world. If your academic and/or professional background is in finance or you are a student of financial history then you will most likely enjoy this book for hobby reading, but if you are looking for a book to teach you about trading or investing then chances are this book is not for you since it is about "the history of those individuals who shaped the financial world as well as their mistakes and contributions".
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