Wealth Secrets of the 1%
The Truth About Money, Markets and Multi-Millionaires
By Sam Wilkin
The truth about money, markets and multi-millionaires. From the richest Romans to the robber barons to the tech billionaires of today, leading economist Sam Wilkin tells stories of profound wealth then shows exactly how they did it.
'Infuriating... Wilkin's main claim is that the super-rich have discovered 'secret' ways of both making and preserving their fortunes... like [Capital author Thomas] Piketty, Wilkin has a love-hate relationship with capitalism. He takes the view that most billionaires are rich because, one way or another, they have found ways to rig the market.' The Times
What does it take to make a fortune?
Hard work? Great ideas? Intelligence? Business acumen?
Or something else entirely?
Spanning centuries and continents, from the Ancient World to the 21st century, Wealth Secrets of the 1% uncovers the economic principles that enable a fortunate few to get really rich. Witty, provocative and immaculately researched, it is essential and revelatory reading at a time when 1% of the world's population owns half of its wealth.
'Clever [and] entertaining, with a distinctly satirical edge' Daily Mail
'Illuminating [and] eye-opening... sure to make libertarian heads explode' Kirkus Reviews
'What makes this book different is that Sam Wilkin is an inside man' Daily Telegraph
'No one gets really rich reading how-to-get-rich handbooks...Wilkin offers up the real scoop in Wealth Secrets of the One Percent, a delicious - and insight-packed - send-up of the genre.' Toomuch.com
Sam Wilkin is a senior advisor to Oxford Economics, one of the world's foremost global forecasting and research consultancies, where he previously served as head of business research. He is also a senior advisor to Oxford Analytica, a strategic analysis and advisory firm that counts among its clients many global companies and over 25 world governments. Sam received his B.A. in economics from Eckerd College, where he was the 2004 alumni fellow, and his M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago. He lives in New York and Oxford.
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16 Jul 2015
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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
This clever, entertaining piece of work is a self-help book with a distinctly satirical edge. Rich and poor will enjoy it equally, and if you have a modest entourage, I would consider getting copies for them too. — Daily Mail
What makes this book different is that Sam Wilkin is an inside man ... Pay attention, for this could be your chance to follow in the immaculate Italian leather shod footsteps of the world's one per cent. — Daily Telegraph
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