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Phil Ruffin Offers Farewell Toast To Fellow Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian (1917-2015)

Narrated by: Ken Borgers
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Kirk Kerkorian, who built a $4 billion fortune in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, died June 15, nine days after his 98th birthday. An eighth-grade dropout, he trained fighter pilots during World War II, built a charter flight company, founded MGM Resorts and made and lost billions as the consummate dealmaker in movies, hospitality and the auto industry. Fellow billionaire and man-about-Vegas Phil Ruffin remembers his longtime friend and occasional sparring partner.
©2014 Forbes (P)2014 Forbes

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As Protegee of a Multi-billionaire...

To have heard of the the demise of billionaire Kirk Kerkorian (1917-2015) was unfortunate. Yet days after his 98th birthday is acceptable by today's standards, in that he lived a very full and robust life. This is clearly despite that he had it pretty tough at the onset, with realizing how tough it would be to become a mogul in the heart of LA, even back then! With Phil Ruffin dropping out of school so early on and so many other discouraging events, the one thing I love about these two men, is their resilience!

We share many traits, clearly not the financial abundance aspect (in due time), or I might have better things to do outside of this review. All things considered, it is nonetheless, quite refreshing to hear that rebellious tone, yet also having made it work in their lives! Also, to boldly say he didn't much like the idea of working for someone else, and furthermore, to mention he actually didn't care very much for working under his own dad either, due to the low pay, spoke volumes for Ruffin indeed! We share these same sentiments.

Learning of Phil's farewell toast to Kirk Kerkorian was quite moving. The delivery of such a noble salute in his passing on is encouraging. Of course Farran Nehme, may surely disagree. Nonetheless, a worthy soul has departed from the planet, yet for as many lives he has touched in phenomenal ways, he shall be forever immortalized by the experiences and wisdom he left behind. And while I may not agree with all his business practices an MGM, he did have a type of business wisdom that was beyond par when it came to harnessing power.

Dr. Olivia P. Friedman AKA 'ONEEK the World's Negotiator'