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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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22. The Mostly Late Bloomers

A popular sport among high-school and college students is that of assessing each other‘s potential for future success. Almost every class yearbook ever published contains a nomination of the student deemed “Most Likely to Succeed.” The Most Likely student is usually one who has combined academic excellence with a whirl of extracurricular activity. He’s the kid who organizes dances, raises funds, gets elected to high posts in the student government. The big man on campus. The busybody. His fellow students don’t necessarily like him to any great degree and may even consider him a damned nuisance. He seldom wins the title of Most Popular or Most Sexy or Most anything else. He is simply the student who, at this early ...

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