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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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11. The Technology Route: The Jack-of-All-Trades Approach

It is obvious that a lot of money can be made from advances in technology. The trick is to arrive on the scene with the right idea at the right time – to turn up just a split second before your competitors do with a new device or material or process that the world wants to buy.

There seem to be two basic ways of pulling off this trick. One way is to concentrate fairly narrowly on one specialized field of science, to dig in that one field, probe it to its depths, progressively uncovering one treasure below another below another. If you succeed, you become known as the master of that field and virtually its sole owner. You become its owner not only intellectually but also – if you have ...

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