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The Accidental Millionaire: How to Succeed in Life Without Really Trying Paperback – October 6, 2009
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About the Author
Gary Fong is a globally renowned photographer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is the father of "story-booking," now the industry standard in wedding photography, in which candid shots are arranged in real time to tell a story, as opposed to the archaic method of taking posed, stilted shots. He is also the inventor of the Lightsphere, a specially colored dome that is held in place over the flash unit of a camera. Before long, more than 200,000 units were sold worldwide, thus creating a multimillion-dollar plastics business. Since inventing the Lightsphere, Fong has built a veritable cottage industry around variations on the popular product, including The Origami and The Puffer, all of which have become standard equipment used by most wedding photographers worldwide. He is considered one of the most influential photographers and inventors of his generation.
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What is quite sad about the whole story is how self focused he seems throughout his life, making fun of his parents and even putting down their "tattered furniture" while still living there and making $150,000 a year at 25! I couldn't help but think. "For God's sake buy your Mom some new furniture!" He goes on to explain how
much of his good fortune is attributed to riding on the coat tails of another , more famous and master Photographer , Gary Fong, which he makes no attempt to clear up. He even accepts 2 pre-release Pro cameras from Canon knowing there is a mistake and sells one on ebay
for $16,000, losing Canon as a sponsor and yet this all seems very amusing to him. While he rides on another man's identity he sues a young assistant for supposedly using his business name and later sues a man who makes a real estate deal of the phone without discussing it with
his wife and Gary makes him hold to the conversation anyway and the man has to sell his home for much less that what it is worth. Why didn't Canon sue Gary Fong , or the other Gary Fong sue him for knowingly using his identity? Seems he skates through life with this kind of luck while knowingly being focussed only on his own gain. At the end of the book he gives a nod to his father , but ignores his Mom. The photos in this book are so small and grainy you can not even make them out , and this is a book about a photographer. I hope as Gary ages, he becomes less focused on 'self' and begins to see others as real people and perhaps uses some of his wealth to help others, maybe even a few he has walked on. This book just left me sad.