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Discover how the super wealthy made it to the top—and how you can too!

From the richest Romans to the robber barons to today’s bankers and tech billionaires, Sam Wilkin offers Freakonomics-esque insight into what it really takes to make a fortune. These stories of larger-than-life characters, strategies, and sacrifices reveal how the wealthiest did it—usually by a passion for finding loopholes, working around bureaucratic systems, and creating obstacles for competitors.

Wealth Secrets of the One Percent gets at the heart of our feelings about the 1 percent of top income earners and the roughly 0.0001 percent who achieve billionaire status: we love to hate them, but we’d love to be them. Wilkin’s insight into the sources of wealth is thought-provoking and rigorous, and he reveals that behind almost every great fortune is a “wealth secret”—a moneymaking technique designed to defeat the forces of market competition.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Wilkins] shows he can pick apart the working of an actual modern company and come up with something like true insight.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Sam Wilkin combs history for a provocative and well-written account of the secrets of wealth formation. Just reading this book will make you richer.”

    Darrell M. West, author of Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust

  • “An amazing read…Get on to one of those [secrets] and you too can light your cigars with hundred dollar bills.”

    Marvin Zonis, professor emeritus, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

  • “Want to become ‘obscenely’ rich, as the subtitle of this illuminating book has it? Well, the best bet is to be born that way. The next best bet is to have a ‘wealth secret,’ the better-mousetrap sine qua non for building an empire. Economic forecaster Wilkin, head of business research at Oxford Economics, has good fun looking at how some fabulously rich people got to be that way…Eye-opening and sure to make libertarian heads explode.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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