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Oct 31, 2013

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich
Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

Oct 31, 2013

Titan: The Life of John D Rockefeller

Oct 31, 2013
Oct 31, 2013

I read that. It is a good one.

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Oct 31, 2013

How did this post get a picture? I did not post one.

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

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Oct 31, 2013

Mods sometimes add pictures to threads

Oct 31, 2013

The King of Oil (about Marc Rich), so badass

Oct 31, 2013

Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
The Everything Store (Jeff Bezos) - Brad Stone

Oct 31, 2013

The House of Morgan- not a biography per se but does a pretty good job covering the lives/personalities of Junius Morgan, J.P. Morgan and Jack Morgan. In today's dollars I think they'd all be billionaires. Regardless, they're all highly influential businessmen who led colorful lives.

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Oct 31, 2013

T Boone Pickens The First Billion is the Hardest I believe its called.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Oct 31, 2013

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

Oct 31, 2013

In the middle of The Everything Store about Bezos. Pretty fascinating.

Titan - John D. Rockefeller is actually very similar to Bezos story in how they lowered prices to crush the competition and then acquire said competition.

If you want a really great story... one that if it were a movie nobody would believe but it's actually true and not that well known... read The Fish that Ate The Whale by Rich Cohen. It's about Sam Zemmurray and the banana trade which flourished throughout the earlier part of last century. The man was half Jeff Bezos half Al Capone.

Oct 31, 2013

Henry and Edsel: The Creation of the Ford Empire

Nov 1, 2013

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator - Edwin Lefevre [Not really an autobiography, but close to one]

Age of Turbulence - Greenspan

Education of a Speculator

The Way of the Fight- GSP

Nov 1, 2013

Cable Cowboy [John Malone]

Nov 1, 2013

Charles Koch anyone? haha

My favorite is probably Hong Kong real estate magnate Li Ka-Shing - richest man in Asia. From his wiki- Considered one of the most powerful figures in Asia, Li was named "Asia's Most Powerful Man, Li Ka-Ching" by Asiaweek in 2001. His companies make up 15% of the market cap of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.[7] Forbes Magazine and the Forbes family honoured Li Ka-shing with the first ever "Malcolm S. Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award" on 5 September 2006, in Singapore.[8] In spite of his wealth, Li has cultivated a reputation for leading a no-frills lifestyle, and is known to wear simple black dress shoes and an inexpensive Seiko wristwatch, which is at odds with the house he owns in one of Hong Kong's most expensive precincts, Deep Water Bay in Hong Kong Island. Li is also regarded as one of Asia's most generous philanthropists, donating over US $1.41 billion to date to charity and other various philanthropic causes.[9] Li is often referred to as "Superman" in Hong Kong because of his business prowess

Nov 1, 2013

Tearing Down the Walls : How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World. . .and Then Nearly Lost It All - Amazing read.

Oct 31, 2013
sailing101:

Tearing Down the Walls : How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World. . .and Then Nearly Lost It All - Amazing read.

That book was great. I mostly liked it because of Jamie Dimon.

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Nov 1, 2013

Alternative thread title: "What is your favorite narrative fallacy?"

Nov 1, 2013
AtomicLightbulb:

Alternative thread title: "What is your favorite narrative fallacy?"

This.

Nov 10, 2013
DickFuld:
AtomicLightbulb:

Alternative thread title: "What is your favorite narrative fallacy?"

This.

This. Good ol' post hoc ergo propter hoc.

Nov 10, 2013
AtomicLightbulb:

Alternative thread title: "What is your favorite narrative fallacy?"

You Sir maybe the Smartest Guy on wso. Wins the thread

Nov 1, 2013

Great thread. As if I don't have enough to read. Ever since learning that Bezos worked at D.E. Shaw I've always wanted to know more about him.

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Nov 1, 2013

I think Loosing my Virginity by Richard Branson is amazing . Also Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and Paul Allen's Idea Man are great.

Nov 1, 2013

- Steve Jobs
- The Accidental Billionaires

Nov 1, 2013

The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich

Nov 2, 2013

King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone

Nov 2, 2013

First billion is always the hardest

Nov 2, 2013

A few come to mind for me...

The billionaire who wasn't - Chuck Feeney (one of the founders of the DFS chain) has given away more money than most will ever make

The eccentric billionaire - John d MacArthur ruthlessly built an insurance powerhouse then into Florida real estate, and did how best work at his hotel's cafe

Damn Right - kinda cheated with this one since it is about Charlie Munger. But he is ultra smart and quirky

Dec 23, 2013
alman:

A few come to mind for me...

The billionaire who wasn't - Chuck Feeney (one of the founders of the DFS chain) has given away more money than most will ever make

The eccentric billionaire - John d MacArthur ruthlessly built an insurance powerhouse then into Florida real estate, and did how best work at his hotel's cafe

Damn Right - kinda cheated with this one since it is about Charlie Munger. But he is ultra smart and quirky

Read the Eccentric Billionaire this past summer.. great read! The two biographies on HL Hunt I've read were my favorites though. I'd highly recommend it to anyone. He's one of the most interesting people I've ever read about. Also, the author of one of the Hunt biographies wrote Ling: The Rise, Fall, and Return of a Texas Titan. It's about James Ling who was one of the most successful businessmen of the 1960's. Got his start peddling shares of his company at the Texas State Fair, lol. Eventually turned it into one of the largest conglomerates (LTV). I also found The Match King (Ivar Kreuger) to be a an amusing read.

Nov 9, 2013

Paul Tudor Jones

Dec 17, 2013

just finished this -very good
http://www.Amazon.com/Abramovich-Billionaire-Nowhere-Dominic-Midgley/dp/0007189842

Dec 17, 2013
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And the horse you rode in on

Dec 23, 2013
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