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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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23. Advice from the Rich

It was December 1970. Times were tough. The stock market had just come through one of the worst slumps in its history. The nation was in the grip of a severe and stubborn recession. To many who were without work, it was even worse than that; it was a plain, old-fashioned depression. The golden years of the 1960s were over, and nobody knew how long it would be till we saw the next glint of gold in the distance.

In the midst of all this gloom the editors of the Chicago Tribune Magazine sent reporter Richard Gosswiller out into their city’s cold and windy streets with an engagingly cheery question. It was a question that assumed the return of golden years at some undetermined time in the future, and no doubt it encouraged ...

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