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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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1. The Golden Gallery

COME WITH ME NOW, ye seekers, and stand before this great golden door. In a while we will turn the jeweled key and go in. Step softly. Speak in whispers. You in the back, there, get rid of that damned beer can. We are about to enter the presence of Wealth.

Did I pronounce it with an awestruck capital W? I intended to. This is not ordinary wealth we are about to study, not the mere upper crust, not even the tribe of mere millionaires. No, we are about to see Wealth in its most exaggerated – some would say gorgeous, some would say disgusting – manifestations. The very poorest individuals we’ll meet will have net assets of $100 million or not far below, and some will have more than a billion.

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