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The Very, Very Rich and How They Got That Way: The spectacular success stories of 15 men who made it to the very, very top by Max Gunther

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6. The Stock Market: Playing It

OF ALL THE MONEY DREAMS in the world, the one about making a killing on the stock market is without doubt the most common. This grand and intoxicating old dream is dreamed in every capitalist nation with a private equity trading system, and it is even dreamed in Communist nations that have no stock markets of their own. Visiting Russians seem fascinated by Wall Street, and, as a matter of fact, some wealthier Soviet citizens secretly play the market through intermediaries in Swiss and U.S. banks. Week-old Wall Street Journals appear to circulate in Moscow along with other underground publications. The stock market’s magnetism is so universal and so strong that a Russian will risk everything to get in on the action ...

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