How to Be a Billionaire: Proven Strategies from the Titans of Wealth Audiobook, by Martin S. Fridson Play Audiobook Sample

How to Be a Billionaire: Proven Strategies from the Titans of Wealth Audiobook

How to Be a Billionaire: Proven Strategies from the Titans of Wealth Audiobook, by Martin S. Fridson Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2009 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481599061

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111:46 minutes

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01:11 minutes

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51:28 minutes

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Self-made billionaires all have one thing in common: they excel at making money. But hard work, thrift, and focus are only part of the story—you hold the rest of it in your hands. How to Be a Billionaire is the first comprehensive picture of the real strategies and tactics that built the great business fortunes of modern times. Packed with engaging accounts of titans like Ross Perot, Richard Branson, Phil Anschutz, John D. Rockefeller, Wayne Huizenga, Bill Gates, J. Paul Getty, and Kirk Kerkorian, How to Be a Billionaire will show you principles that can increase your wealth and business acumen to the mogul level.

This book looks at the careers, the methods, and the minds of self-made billionaires to distill the common keys to titanic accumulations of wealth. Each chapter explores a specific strategy and brings it to life through extended profiles of past and present masters of the art of making money.

Do you think innovation is the best way to prosper in business? Sam Walton, founder of the Walmart retail chain, would tell you otherwise. The key to Walton’s success was supreme devotion to copying the methods of other successful discounters.

What could be less complicated than buying low and selling high? But the ascent of Warren Buffett, John Kluge, and Laurence Tisch to billionaire status depended on much more than an eye for good bargains. And if you’re looking to thrive by out-managing the competition, look no further than Richard Branson. When the founder of Virgin Atlantic needed to reduce his staff by four hundred people, six hundred volunteered to take a few months off on sabbatical.

How to Be a Billionaire identifies the methods, beliefs, and behaviors every businessperson must understand and emulate to reach the pinnacle of riches. A manual for success that can benefit every aspiring tycoon, it is a fascinating read for anyone intrigued by wealth and how it’s gotten.

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“Read by the smooth and intelligent Johanna Ward, this is a fascinating narrative about the lives of business titans…The strength of this audiobook is the balance of well-researched individual stories and the author’s nuanced abstractions about what made these people successful. A marvelous lesson and an important chapter in the history of why this country is the wealth incubator that it is.”

— AudioFile 


  • “A fascinating glimpse at tactics used by those who’ve played the game and won.”

    —, editorial review
  • “This substantial addition to financial literature…stands apart in a crowded genre. Highly recommended.”

    — Library Journal
  • “A truly enlightening work filled with fundamental strategies that have worked for others. Martin Fridson documents the essential principles inherent in every billionaire’s success.”

    — Gordon Bethune, chairman of the board and CEO, Continental Airlines
  • “Fridson has created the ultimate road map to the American Dream. He comes as close to extracting a formula for the acquisition of wealth as any book I have ever read.”

    — Jeff Sagansky, CEO, Paxson Communications


  • Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2002

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About Martin S. Fridson

Martin S. Fridson received his BA cum laude in history from Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been a guest lecturer at the graduate business schools of Babson, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, and many more. He is the author of Investment IllusionsIt Was a Very Good Year, and Financial Statement Analysis.

About Johanna Ward

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. Kate Reading) is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.