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The Savage Way: Successfully Navigating the Waves of Business and Life [Hardcover]

Frank Savage , Bill Cosby
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Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

"La Savage defined success for me. For her, success was not only about one's material possessions. It was also about how one succeeded against all odds by believing in self, exhibiting integrity, and working hard and working smart. La Savage gave me the benefits of these lessons as surely as she gave me life back in 1938."
—from The Savage Way

By the standards of the America into which he was born, Frank Savage was about as unlikely a success story as you could find. Born in 1938, to the hardscrabble world of the North Carolina tobacco fields, raised in segregated Washington, DC, by a single mother—a hairdresser with little formal education—and sent to all-black schools, young Frank's odds of making it in the "white world," especially the world of high finance, were virtually nil. Yet, thanks to his God-given intelligence and the sense of self-worth, drive, and determination—not to mention a pronounced aptitude for business—instilled in him by his extraordinary mother, the self-styled "Madame La Savage International," Frank Savage forged a career that has taken him around the world as a globe-trotting banker, venture capitalist, Fortune 500 asset manager, and world-class competitive yachtsman.

A compelling, deeply personal account from one of the first African-Americans to cross the color barrier and find success in the world of high finance, The Savage Way takes us on a fascinating journey through seventy-four years of a life very well-lived. Exhibiting a novelist's gift for vivid scene-setting and the apt metaphor, Frank Savage moves relentlessly from Jim Crow America to the executive suites at Citibank, from Madame La Savage's hair salon (where he learned his first and most important lessons on business and life) to his experiences as a banker and entrepreneur in New York, the Middle East, and his beloved Africa. And along the way, Savage shares priceless lessons he's learned about the importance of self-confidence and adherence to one's core values, the indispensable need for integrity, and an unwavering sense of ethics in all of one's dealings, both in business and in life.

So much more than another dry, self-serving business memoir, The Savage Way is an inspiring narrative full of warmth, adventure, extraordinary achievement and tragic loss that is sure to resonate in the hearts and minds of all readers long after they've finished reading it.

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Praise for The Savage Way

"Frank Savage is a great American success story, and the pioneering journey he takes you on in The Savage Way is guided not only by his boundless ambition, but also his high ideals."
—MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG, New York City Mayor and founder of Bloomberg LP

"The Savage Way is an American success story, the kind we don't hear enough about: an African-American man who broke barriers in the rarefied world of international finance. Frank Savage's story provides remarkable insight into the world he made his own, even when no one in it looked like him. It is also the story of the power of a Mother's love and values, which he had no choice but to embrace."
—Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Esq., Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, Senior Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co.

"What always struck me about Frank was his obvious dedication to helping ensure that the young Democratic Republic of South Africa succeeds to address all its challenges. . . . I am certain that the younger generations certainly in the U.S. and Africa would do themselves a great favor by reading and learning from The Savage Way."
—THABO MBEKI, President of South Africa, 1999–2008

"One of the qualities I've most admired about Frank is that he has made his big dreams a reality. And he has brought others along with him, opening doors for many people and creating opportunities for minority-owned businesses."
—KENNETH I. CHENAULT, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, American Express Company

"Frank Savage could have stopped at writing an excellent and thought-provoking memoir. However, it has never been his way to do just enough. Savage goes further, sharing the valuable lessons of an extraordinary life, expressed through his love of sailing. Savage shows that not all paths to self-discovery and fulfillment are by land—sometimes the journey is by sea."
—EARL G. GRAVES, Sr., Chairman, founder, and publisher of Black Enterprise

About the Author

FRANK SAVAGE, Chairman Emeritus of Howard University, served as chairman of Howard University from 1997 until 2004 and is credited with spearheading the widely successful Campaign for Howard. He is CEO of Savage Holdings LLC, a global financial services company. Prior to forming Savage Holdings, he was chairman of Alliance Capital Management International, a division of Alliance Capital Management, a $700 billion asset management subsidiary of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. Mr. Savage has had a distinguished career in international banking, corporate finance, and global investment management. He serves on the boards of several corporations and nonprofit organizations, including Bloomberg LP and the New York Academy of Medicine, having previously served on the boards of Lockheed Martin, Qualcomm, and the New York Philharmonic. Savage earned a BA from Howard University and an MA from the Johns Hopkins' Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Hofstra University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Howard University. Perhaps the award he is proudest of is the prestigious Lord Nelson Trophy as 2003 overall winner of the annual Antigua Race Week Regatta.

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