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The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!) Paperback – November 2, 2009
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Have you ever wondered how the super-rich built their wealthand whether you could build big wealth too?
The Ten Roads to Riches takes an engaging and informative look at some of Americas most famous (and infamous) modern day millionaires (and billionaires), and reveals how they found their fortunes. Surprisingly, the super-wealthy usually get there by taking just one of ten possible roads. And now, so can you.
Even if achieving super-wealth isnt your goal, you can still learn how to build more modest wealth following the same successful paths others have used. In The Ten Roads to Riches, renowned investment expert and self-made billionaire Ken Fisher highlights amusing anecdotes of individuals who have traveled (or tumbled) down each road, and shares advice on increasing your chances of success. Whether its starting a business, owning real estate, investing wisely or even marrying very, very well, Fisher will show how some got it right and others got it horribly wrong. Whether youre just beginning to plan your financial future or well on your way, The Ten Roads to Riches can show you how to gain, and more importantly, maintain the wealth you want.
Ken Fisher is best known for his prestigious "Portfolio Strategy" column in Forbes magazine, where his 24-year tenure of high-profile calls makes him the fourth longest-running columnist in Forbes 90-year history. Ken is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Fisher Investments, and has appeared in most major American finance or business periodicals. He is also the author of the bestselling investment book, The Only Three Questions That Count, which is published by Wiley.
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--This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
There’s not enough space to list all 10 roads, but here are 5 of them: start a successful business, become a CEO of an existing firm, turn celebrity into wealth, capitalize on other people’s money, and—and this reviewer's favorite—marry well. Fisher, a self-made billionaire, chronicles how some of today’s millionaires made their fortunes and how you can, too. He offers case histories of famous and not-so-famous examples of success and failure. In his final chapter, “The Road More Traveled,” Fisher says that the first step is saving, and the second is to invest in something that offers substantial returns. He warns that bonds are a riskier investment than stocks, and he provides a five-step guide to saving and investing. --George Cohen --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Mine is the book on CD. It was easy to listen and absorb the material on the first hearing. The facts are straight-forward, yet this is a subject that can get cloudy due to emotions. My impression is that most of us will not always appreciate how much time, hard work and sacrifice was usually required for somebody to get rich. Suddenly such people are celebrated in the media and we can tend to think of them as a special breed.
There is value in this book, not just for informing on the actual ways that people tend to become wealthy over time. The reader/listener is encouraged to select the paths that best correspond to their own situation. The main pros and cons for each path are listed, putting the paths themselves into perspective. Each path, other than marrying into wealth for example, does not resemble a short cut. One is encouraged to select a path while they're still young.
The point is...all of us know where we want to go (financial independence) but how do we get there? Mr. Fisher's book is an excellent guide for reviewing the various approaches (routes) to that destination. Mind you, whenever something attempts to be comprehensive, details are minimized. This is not a book about any one specific approach. It is a revelation of "possibilities" and a great reflection of the numerous ways wealth is accumulated in our society.
"How do I get where I want to go?" Ken Fisher reveals several paths that provide oppurtunities and a great deal to consider when planning your "Road to Riches".
Fisher's last book, "The Only Three Questions that Count", was superb. This latest book is very different from "The Only Three Questions...", which is all about personal investing but which also has application to other areas of a person's life.
"The Ten Roads to Riches" is about the varied ways a person can build personal wealth. Fisher draws from his own experience of meeting many successful people, as he charts the paths. The chapters are insightful and written in a tongue-in-cheek style with ideas that can be easily visualized.
Some examples: The first chapter "The Richest Road", which is founding your own business and building it into the next Microsoft, Nike, or Charles Schwab. The third chapter, about the "Ride-alongs", people who hitch theirselves to the Bill Gates's or Warren Buffett's of the world and rise as they and their firm rise. If you are Warren Buffett's longtime sidekick, there's got to be wealth in that, right? (Yup. Charlie Munger is his name and his net worth is $2 billion.)
Chapter four is "Rich ... and Famous". Some tips: compose songs, don't sing them, and star high school baseball players have slightly better odds of making the big leagues then star football players.
Chapter five is "Marry Well, Really Well", which is very amusing, but also serious. Hey, if you want to get married, hang around with rich people and fall in love with one of them! Plenty of examples including John Kerry (twice) and John McCain.
Chapter six is "Steal It - Like a Pirate, But Legally", making a career as a plaintiff's lawyer and suing companies. Enough said.... And chapter nine is "Trumping the Land Barons" - all about real estate.
The last chapter is "The Road Most Travelled", about doing it the old-fashioned way - get a good job, work hard, save and invest wisely.
Each chapter is a survey, giving multiple examples of people who took the particular road, and offering ideas, but no detailed plan. At the end of each are brief reviews of suggested additional readings for anyone who might be inclined to follow that particular path. I was surprised that there are actually serious books about how to "Marry Well", but maybe I shouldn't have been?
An enjoyable, quick read about one aspect of the business of life.
I read couple of the reviews and while they have some valid points, I still think that this book definitely worth the money. Yes, it's relatively generic - but I didn't expect exact information on what shares should I buy or in what industries should I look for a better paying job.
It gives a good overview about all the roads to riches (although I missed poker ;-)) and provides advises on further reading. It is entertaining, it is insightful, even provides some personal experience.
It is quite clear for me now, what roads should I avoid (e.g. I will not steal legally or marry for money) and what roads might be good for me (hey, maybe I am already on it ;-)). But you (reading this review) might have a different road for you.
I highly recommend this book as this is one of my all-time favorites in this topic.
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