From Wall Street to the West Coast, from blue-collar billionaires to blue-blood fortunes, from the Google guys to hedge fund honchos, All the Money in the World gives us the lowdown on, among other things: the all-time richest Americans, who made and lost the most money in the past 25 years, the fields and industries that have produced the greatest wealth, the biggest risk takers, the most competitive players, the most wasteful family feuds, the trophy wives, the most conspicuous consumers, the biggest art collectors, the most and least generous philanthropists.
Produced in collaboration with Forbes magazine, All the Money in the World is a vastly entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at today's Big Rich, a subject of enduring fascination to all Americans.
©2007 Peter W. Bernstein; (P)2007 Books on Tape
Mind-blowing how billions can be made and lost. Definitely stretched my context for the money that's available in this world.
Also found myself a little saddened when hearing how certain trust-fund babies (and wives, ex-wives, family members, etc) live their entire lives in and out of court squabbling over big-time money in the event of a magnate's death.
Although the big money would be great, is that really any way to live life? Never certain that your money is yours because someone may come and sue you for it? Having difficultly focusing on your business, work, family, friends, etc, because there's non-stop warfare and countless lawsuits spanning decades over the family warchest? Where's the peace of mind that you actually get to enjoy the money and sleep tight and night? Ugh. Saddening.
Plus, is that really what humans are on this earth to do, is fight in court non-stop? I hope not. Sad, but true that this kind of thing happens all the time, including right now in some courtroom.
Lamenting all of this makes it seem like the book is only a downer. Not true. I really dug other parts of the book, including the exploration on what helped the billionaires make their money in the first place. Fascinating!
Plus the discussion of the Buffet family, and Warren's COLOSSAL donation to the Gates Foundation... WOW WOW WOW.
I recommend this as a high Tier-2 business / marketing / money / self-help kind of book. Not a Tier 1 book like "Good to Great" (Jim Collins) or any of the classics like "How to Win Friends and Influence People" (Dale Carnegie). But a solid choice if you listen / read many books in this genre and are looking to round out your education / context further.
His narration allowed me to not notice his narration... I could focus on the content.
Not a chance... it's a monster.
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