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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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16. Real Estate: Building Big

About 20 years ago a writer named Thomas Ewing Dabney completed a biography of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton. Since Hilton was then 60 years old, Dabney had every right to guess he had pinned down his subject at or near the end of the story. After all, reasoned Dabney, a man who reaches his 60s with millions of dollars in his bank account can be expected to slow down and coast toward retirement, right?

Wrong. The title Dabney originally picked for his biography was The Man Who Bought the Plaza, referring to New York’s Plaza Hotel, one of the world’s leading society hangouts. The book was all ready to go to press when Hilton pulled off a still bigger coup, the biggest in his career up to then: He bought New York’s ...

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