Author(s): Sam Wilkin
The question is not, 'why is it so hard to get rich', but 'why is it so easy for some people to get rich?' Wealth Secrets of the One Per Cent is an exploration of how people become billionaires. It looks at what we can learn about business from the super-wealthy, from the Ancient World to modern emerging economies, via the American Industrialists, the '90s dotcom boom and other key entrepreneurial moments in history. Global Economic Forecaster Sam Wilkin's surprising conclusion is that despite superficial differences, from Mexican telecoms billionaires to Roman senators, their methods of wealth accumulation have a great deal in common. Behind almost every great fortune is a 'wealth secret'--a moneymaking technique that involves some sort of scheme for defeating the forces of market competition. They're not pretty, but then, who said making a billion was easy?
An amazing read. It turns out you don't need to be a genius to get fabulously wealthy. You only need to make one of these basic wealth secrets work for you. Wilkin's deep research studying Indian billionaires, American magnates, Russian oligarchs, Mexican tycoons, Roman generals and assorted others of the mega-rich lead Wilkin to identify their wealth secrets. Get on to one of those and you too can light your cigars with $100 bills ... Marvin Zonis, Professor Emeritus, Booth School of Business, the University of Chicago If you want to become ultra-rich, this book is for you. 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, Vice President of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and author of Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust Illuminating [and] eye-opening... sure to make libertarian heads explode' Kirkus reviews
Sam Wilkin is Head of Business Research at Oxford Economics, one of the world's foremost global forecasting and research consultancies. He is a frequent speaker on current affairs, the global economic outlook, emerging markets, and geopolitics. His speaking engagements in the past few years have taken him to Munich, Kitzbuhel, Barcelona, San Francisco, Dublin and London, with speaking clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to international conferences around the world. Sam is co-author of Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threatens the Global Economy (Agate, 2011). He divides his time between New York and Oxford.