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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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9. Diggers and Drillers

There is a vast amount of treasure buried underground as everybody knows: iron, copper, gold, uranium, oil, diamonds – a varied and fabulous array. But it’s treasure only when it’s brought up to the surface.

If all these romantic commodities were lying about on the surface where any fool could pick them up, they would be cheap. But they aren’t. They lie hidden. Finding them and bringing them up takes work, money and a willingness to live with high risk. Men who undertake this kind of task have a right to be well paid, and the world has always seen to it that they are – when they succeed.

The world’s richest treasure digger is oilman Jean Paul Getty. His story is a textbook study of how to get improbably wealthy by ...

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