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From Wall highway to the West Coast, from blue-collar billionaires to blue-blood fortunes, from the Google men to hedge-fund honchos, the entire funds on the planet provides us the lowdown on this day richest american citizens. Veteran newshounds Peter W. Bernstein and Annalyn Swan delve into who made and misplaced the main cash long ago twenty-five years, the fields and industries that experience produced the best wealth, the largest chance takers, the main aggressive avid gamers, the main wasteful relations feuds, the trophy better halves, the main conspicuous shoppers, the largest paintings creditors, and the main and least beneficiant philanthropists.

Incorporating unique, never-before-published information from Forbes journal, the entire funds on the planet is a greatly wonderful, behind-the-scenes examine today's titanic wealthy.

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And oilman and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens bet his entire company, Mesa Petroleum, which he had spent most of his life building, on his instinct that the falling price of natural gas would eventually go up. ) Big-time entrepreneurs don’t just capture the imagination: They embody something of the American Dream. Where else in the world could so many people born of humble origins or who emigrated from foreign shores rise in a short period of time to become among the richest in the country? Among the men who have topped the Forbes 400 are eighth-grade dropout Ludwig and German immigrant Kluge, who grew up with his mother in a Detroit tenement.

Among the men who have topped the Forbes 400 are eighth-grade dropout Ludwig and German immigrant Kluge, who grew up with his mother in a Detroit tenement. With the benefit of hindsight it’s easy to see how these men succeeded. But at the time their gambles appeared to be edge-of-the-seat risks— if not to the headstrong individuals themselves, then at least to outsiders. In many cases, Forbes 400 types seem to have a different perception of risk than the average person. Risk takers have to be able to think big, and they have to be able to leverage those big ideas with whatever assets they have at hand: homes, real estate, the shirt off their back.

Friendships forged at universities were also responsible for hooking up like-minded entrepreneurs who went on to do great things. University of Oregon track star Philip Knight and his track coach, Bill Bowerman, who died in 1999, shook hands on a deal to start an athletic shoe company shortly after Knight got an MBA from Stanford. The duo built up Nike into one of the nation’s largest footwear manufacturers and retailers. 9 billion. In yet another case, Harvard grad Scott McNealy and Indian-born Vinod Khosla were buddies at Stanford Graduate School of Business in the late 1970s.

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