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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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14. The Magic of “OPM”: 1. The Borrowing Route

You hear the same conversation over and over again in bars clear around the world. Somebody tells an anecdote about a rich man in whose wake he has been tossed, or the TV set in the corner reveals some trivial intelligence about a tycoon and his yacht and his expensive lady friends. The men hunched over their drinks begin to speculate about how it would feel to be rich. Then they laugh at each other for entertaining such grandiose and fantastic thoughts. Finally they sink softly into conforming platitudes. They assure each other that it would be foolish for them to strive or hope for wealth.

“You gotta have money to make money,” says the guy at the end of the bar.

“Yep,” says somebody else glumly, ...

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