Goodbye Gordon Gekko: How to Find Your Fortune Without Losing Your Soul

Goodbye Gordon Gekko: How to Find Your Fortune Without Losing Your Soul

by Anthony Scaramucci
     
 

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How to live a more productive life by putting a profitable lifestyle ahead of profits

With his standout Wall Street line “Greed is good,” Gordon Gekko became pop culture icon for unrestrained greed. But, while greed might be great for one person–especially when that person is fictional–it’s not so great for good people living

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How to live a more productive life by putting a profitable lifestyle ahead of profits

With his standout Wall Street line “Greed is good,” Gordon Gekko became pop culture icon for unrestrained greed. But, while greed might be great for one person–especially when that person is fictional–it’s not so great for good people living in the real world. In Goodbye Gordon Gekko: How to Find Your Fortune and Not Lose Your Soul, Anthony Scaramucci describes how a better understanding of people, capital, and culture can be used to enrich one’s life, financially as well as spiritually. With smart and engaging prose, the book:
•    Discusses how the best manifestations of ambition, entrepreneurship and mentoring can lead to a life that not only fulfills financial obligations, but also leaves a lasting legacy
•    Describes ways in which Americans and American companies can act to avoid the kind of crisis that crippled the country’s economy
•    Details how to build a core set of values to discover wealth on one’s own terms
Given the turmoil in financial markets over the past few years, many people are reevaluating what it means to be “rich.” Goodbye Gordon Gekko shows how it’s possible to be well-off without all the trappings of wealth.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The financial meltdown of 2008 was primarily attributed to greed getting the better of common sense on Wall Street, where a house of cards built on irresponsibly risky lending and investing eventually came crashing down. The winner-take-all attitude that exemplified the Street was perfectly personified by Gordon Gekko, the ruthless wrecker of companies from Oliver Stone’s 1987 film, Wall Street. Goldman Sachs veteran Scaramucci served as an advisor on the recently-completed sequel and argues that greed leads good people to make systematically worse decisions until they can no longer be called “good” at all. He feels that a desire for money above all else will leave one envious and unhappy regardless of material possessions. True happiness, he believes, can be found by identifying and pursuing your passion and “paying forward” your good fortune. These are popular sentiments as the backlash against materialism burns on, and they are imbued with a certain degree of legitimacy coming from a Wall Street native, but Scaramucci’s platitudes often read like they came from a note-sized list of tips bloated into a book. Scaramucci has good intentions, and his advice is sound, but his material is insufficient to make for a truly captivating book. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470767092
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/29/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
975,108
File size:
463 KB

What People are saying about this

Josh Brolin
Scaramucci's book is a truly insightful read. It introduces us to a moral compass on Wall Street—finding riches by direction of a true north as opposed to insidious Gekko-style greed. (Josh Brolin, Academy Award® Nominee; Actor, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; Active Trader)
David Faber
Anthony Scaramucci is a unique combination of great entrepreneur and savvy Wall Streeter. His perspective on all things business is invaluable and here for all to read. (David Faber, Anchor, CNBC)
David M. Darst
With extraordinary honesty, grace, clarity, humor, insight, and emotional intelligence, Anthony Scaramucci here masterfully delivers timeless and priceless wisdom and wit that will ennoble and energize parents and children, teachers and students, coaches and athletes, bosses and workers, not to mention all three branches of government. (David M. Darst, CFA, Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist,Morgan Stanley Smith Barney)
Bobby Valentine
There is only one Anthony Scaramucci and only the Mooch could have been so entertaining, insightful, and honest while sharing his life with us. Thank you, Anthony, and continue to make a difference. (Bobby Valentine, Former Major League Baseball Manager, New York Mets)
Oliver Stone
A fun, easy read, with sage advice. Scaramucci is a player, looking under the rocks of corruption in our financial capital, and he survives as an honest soul. (Oliver Stone, Three time Academy Award® Winner; Director, Wall Street and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps)

Meet the Author

Anthony Scaramucci is the founder and Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital, a New York-based alternative investment management com-pany, focused on partnering with emerging managers and seeding and mentoring Wall Street's next generation of entrepreneurs. In the past five years, SkyBridge has seeded emerging hedge fund managers and built a fund of funds business with $4.4 billion in total assets. From 1989 to 1996, Scaramucci was at Goldman Sachs, where he became a vice president in the private wealth management area in 1993. Scaramucci is a member of the Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, and a board member of the Lymphoma Foundation, the Brain Tumor Foundation, and the NYC Financial Services Advisory Committee. He was also a technical adviser to Oliver Stone for the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

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