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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Company (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937110125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937110123
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Imagine private jets ready for an afternoon flight to New York City for a transcontinental  shopping trip . . . luxury yachts circling the globe awaiting their owner's arrival . . . fully staffed but rarely visited vacation homes throughout the world. The rich live trouble free lives of graceful ease. Or do they?

In Fables of Fortune, author Richard Watts pulls back the brocade curtain to reveal the precarious path of wanting more. As the advisor to the super rich, Watts reflects on the reality of wealth and a difficult and heartbreaking lesson: "The wealthiest person is not who has the most, but who needs the least."

Fables of Fortune convincingly persuades readers that wealth may be overrated. Through vignettes based on true stories, Watts reveals the challenges the super-wealthy face, including
marriages based on net worth, interfamily inheritance battles, faux friends, entitled children,
alienation, and spiritual depletion.

The successes and failures of life inspire the heartbeat of passion and self-actualization.

Watts will challenge readers to reconsider key life questions of personal value and discover surprising new answers. Fables of Fortune reveals an honest, comparative, eyeopening analysis for any reader who believes wealth is a rose without thorns. Read on and gain perspective and appreciation for your own real fortune in life.

From the Back Cover

Do you believe just a little more money would solve many of your problems?

More About the Author

Richard Watts, the founder and President of Family Business Office ® ("FBO"), was admitted to the California State Bar to practice law in 1982 and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. FBO is a legal and consulting firm that manages the country's wealthiest families and their family office enterprises. Richard's families rely on him to oversee family operations and make decisions with them on a daily basis.

Richard is a resident of Laguna Beach, California. His passions include traveling with his wife, Debbie, and family, long board surfing at San Onofre, swimming, skiing and snowboarding in the local mountains, piano, and music composition. He is the proud father of three adult sons; Aaron (wife Rene), Todd, and Russell, and welcomed his first granddaughter, Maclane Marie, in 2010.

Richard has a talent for creativity and will continue writing books in the Fables of Fortune series. Richard is often asked to speak on this topic to business, religious, and charitable groups.

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Richard Watts writes from experience and his stories are captivating and thought provoking.
Ruth
Fables of Fortune provides great insight into the lives and thought processes of those who have achieved or inherited staggering sums of wealth.
Dean
This is a book that I still think about, that I'll read again, and that I'll be taking in for some time to come.
Paul K.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Fanatic TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a really compelling book describing the negative effects of having money. The stories and examples are primarily from the super rich, however the lessons apply to any level of income above average middle class in my mind. They are disturbing stories about what money does to people and how it takes us away from what is really important - friends, family, and other relationships. It's hard to describe what struck me about this book. Maybe it's how having money removes the basic source of self-esteem - a sense of accomplishment. It's a very quick read, but it really, really makes you think. Money may not be the root of all evil, but it's certainly not the root of happiness either. It may be one of the most serious threats to true happiness.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By worldtraveler on May 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this...easy ready, but very compelling. I think ppl of all incomes would enjoy this...it really makes you thankful for what you have---a little, or a lot. The book does a few things. First, it looks at some of the cool things the rich get to do...very interesting. Then, he goes through and highlights some of the hidden things you would not think of; the dark side of money. Very interesting. Perhaps most compelling are the observations about every day life, that he's noticed bc the rich do not get to enjoy them. I plan on reading it a second time. Easy read. I highly recommend it, and would love to read more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dean on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Fables of Fortune provides great insight into the lives and thought processes of those who have achieved or inherited staggering sums of wealth. This book is a quick and enjoyable read and it opened my eyes to the challenges that the wealthiest families face in finding true happiness. I have always believed that money does not buy happiness, but I found it fascinating to learn how excess wealth can actually make it more difficult to achieve meaning and fulfillment. I appreciate the author's willingness to share his unique perspective into this world.
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By Armento on April 22, 2014
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I am a frequent reader of primarily non-fiction books. A friend of mine asked me to read this (although I am not a big fan of the self help aisle). I must say, I was completely blown away at how intuitive the author's view is on many of the perceived struggles that those with less financial success have in America. We all know that "money can't buy happiness," but we never appreciate that sometime too much money bring unhappiness. The book gives a rare look into the lives of the wealthy in America that is eye-opening. I would encourage everyone to give this a read!
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By Paul K. on January 16, 2013
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Very honest eye-opening stories from someone who has been on the inside and seen up close what really goes on for these families. This is a book that I still think about, that I'll read again, and that I'll be taking in for some time to come. I've searched for books like this for some time--this is the best I've found. Highly grounded.
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By joseph candella on December 17, 2012
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This is a great book. It is easy to read and has great real life stories that explain a lot of principles about the perils of having a lot of money. Very enjoyable read.
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By Bunny the Mule on August 14, 2012
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I heard about this book on NPR on an interview with the author. This book provides an interesting insight to world most of us will never see. It is well written and reads very fast. The stories about the ultra rich are entertaining. It was well worth a "used book purchase."
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