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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter W. Bernstein, Annalyn Swan Narrator: Rick Adamson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739357521
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Published to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Forbes 400, All the Money in the World, the work of a team of prominent editors and business writers, goes behind the celebrated list to paint a vivid and revealing portrait of the wealthiest Americans of the past quarter century. Abundantly anecdotal, with insights gleaned from original research, interviews with Forbes 400 members, and never-before-compiled data, it is filled with illuminating “infographics”—tables, sidebars, factoids. The book shows how the superrich succeed, how fortunes are made in various industries, and how, once made, they are saved, enhanced, and sometimes squandered.

From Wall Street to the West Coast, from blue-collar billionaires to blue-blood fortunes, from the Google guys to hedge fund honchos, All the Money in the World gives us the lowdown on, among other things: the all-time richest Americans, who made and lost the most money in the past twenty-five years, the fields and industries that have produced the greatest wealth, the biggest risk takers, the most competitive players, the most wasteful family feuds, the trophy wives, the most conspicuous consumers, the biggest art collectors, the most and least generous philanthropists.

Produced in collaboration with Forbes magazine, All the Money in the World is a vastly entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at today’s Big Rich, a subject of enduring fascination to all Americans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Uncovers a plethora of facts and figures about the superrich. . . goes behind the numbers to study their personalities and psychology, in essence revealing what makes them tick . . . providing enough charts, graphs, and comparisons to satisfy any statistician, and enough gossip on ruthlessness, risk-taking, family squabbles, and scandalous affairs to satisfy the rest of us. David Siegfried, Booklist
  • Highly readable and provocative. Ron Wynn, Bookpage
  • Fascinating . . . Intriguing . . . Full of colorful characters and meticulous research, this book is inspired, insightful and lots of fun. Publishers Weekly
  • Studded with tables, charts and sidebars, All the Money in the World is full of rags-to-riches stories and colorful anecdotes that make it as compulsively readable as best sellers like Michael Gross's 740 Park and Steven Gaines's Philistines at the Hedgerow. Liesl Schillinger, New York Times
  • Fascinating . . . The text is enhanced by 102 interesting and often humorous sidebars and an alphabetically organized appendix that lists all Forbes 400 members past and present, including each member's number of years on the list, year of highest net worth, and peak net worth. Caroline Geck, Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 9/2/2013

    " Interesting view on the wealthy. Behind the scenes of philanthropy and the family squabbles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 3/21/2013

    " I had higher hopes for this book, similar to how millionaire next door played out. Unfortunately, this was more of a US Weekly styled book trying to highlight the lives of individuals that graced the Forbes list. Unless you just need something to read, don't bother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M | 2/18/2013

    " Lot's of research and important info on the history of the families. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Racquel | 11/25/2012

    " The author somehow managed to transform what should have been an interesting subject into a really boring book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 C.interruptus | 6/11/2012

    " Could not finish this. One damn fact after another, presented in tedious style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 3/26/2012

    " I thought the book would be full of dramatic stories of people going on lavish spending sprees, but this was really not the purpose of the book. The authors approach this book as more of analytical review of the Forbes 400 than anything else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abdul Musa | 1/30/2012

    " What a good book. Well written and easy to follow. Gives good insight into the many capitalists who are running the US. I would recommend this to anyone interested in entrepreneurship and the modern day wealthy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 3/30/2011

    " Not my usual cup of tea, but full of interesting facts and includes input and interviews from the Forbes 400 list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 3/5/2011

    " Not as interesting as the title might suggest. 70% of the book was semi-organized stories about how rich people made their money. The rest were brief and random anecdotes of family squabbles, charitable giving, and political contributions. I'm kind of glad to be done with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abdul | 7/7/2010

    " What a good book. Well written and easy to follow. Gives good insight into the many capitalists who are running the US. I would recommend this to anyone interested in entrepreneurship and the modern day wealthy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 11/2/2009

    " Not as interesting as the title might suggest. 70% of the book was semi-organized stories about how rich people made their money. The rest were brief and random anecdotes of family squabbles, charitable giving, and political contributions. I'm kind of glad to be done with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 5/26/2009

    " I thought the book would be full of dramatic stories of people going on lavish spending sprees, but this was really not the purpose of the book. The authors approach this book as more of analytical review of the Forbes 400 than anything else. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Racquel | 3/22/2009

    " The author somehow managed to transform what should have been an interesting subject into a really boring book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M | 12/20/2008

    " Lot's of research and important info on the history of the families. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 3/30/2008

    " I had higher hopes for this book, similar to how millionaire next door played out. Unfortunately, this was more of a US Weekly styled book trying to highlight the lives of individuals that graced the Forbes list. Unless you just need something to read, don't bother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 10/13/2007

    " Interesting view on the wealthy. Behind the scenes of philanthropy and the family squabbles. "

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About the Author
Peter W. Bernstein and Annalyn Swan are veteran journalists and editors who between them have worked at U.S. News & World Report, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune magazines over the last 25 years. Bernstein is the coeditor of The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything and editor of The Ernst & Young Tax Guide. Swan is coauthor, with Mark Stevens, of de Kooning: An American Master, which was chosen as one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review, and which won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award. Bernstein and Swan are cofounders of ASAP Media, which helped produce Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind the Da Vinci Code. They live in New York City.
About the Narrator

Rick Adamson is an award-winning voice artist with more than twenty years’ experience in voiceovers, spoken word events, event announcing, and children’s media, as well as commercials for well-known international corporations. He has narrated numerous television and film documentaries, including Croatia, co-narrated with Martin Sheen. His audiobook narration includes more than two dozen major books, as well as dozens of early-reader titles for juveniles. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2011 for Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction for In a Heartbeat, and he was among the finalists for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Personal Development/Motivational Work for Younger Next Year. He earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for the ensemble narration of Rough Water.