Money Makers: Inside the New World of Finance and Business

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Money Makers illuminates the often secretive industries of the private sector that drive the modern economy. David Snider and Chris Howard draw on their interviews with top executives- such as Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase; David Rubenstein, Cofounder of the Carlyle Group; and Shona Brown, Senior Vice President of Business Operations at Google- to reveal the histories, mechanics, operations and challenges of investment banking, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, management consulting, and the ...

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Money Makers illuminates the often secretive industries of the private sector that drive the modern economy. David Snider and Chris Howard draw on their interviews with top executives- such as Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase; David Rubenstein, Cofounder of the Carlyle Group; and Shona Brown, Senior Vice President of Business Operations at Google- to reveal the histories, mechanics, operations and challenges of investment banking, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, management consulting, and the management of Fortune 500 companies. Money Makers is an indispensable on-the-ground guide that puts today’s financial landscape into perspective.

With a Foreword by Robert K. Steel, Former CEO of Wachovia and Under Secretary of Domestic Finance for the US Treasury.

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“Given the recent economic turmoil, it is more important than ever for people to learn about the dynamics of business and finance. David Snider and Chris Howard provide readers with a clear understanding of key financial industries and deliver insights and analysis from the people leading these fields. This is the book for a savvy layperson interested in exploring business today.”—Suzy Welch, New York Times bestselling author and columnist, with Jack Welch, for BusinessWeek magazine

“An excellent read on the inner workings of business and finance. I was particularly impressed by the lucid discussions of the consulting industry and the role of executives at Fortune 500 companies.” —Stephen Kaufman, Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School, former Chairman and CEO of Arrow Electronics, former partner at McKinsey & Company

“This is a fabulous book for understanding entrepreneurship, venture capital and the symbiotic relationship they share. Money Makers takes readers inside these fields with highly relevant, engaging examples and a clear articulation of industry dynamics.” —Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix 

"Money Makers provides very insightful views into the business world and the issues it currently faces. Its depth will contribute materially to the public understanding of finance today."—Bill George, Author of 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, former CEO of Medtronic, director of Goldman Sachs

"Money Makers is both a wonderful primer for individuals thinking about entering the investment business and a fine reference for someone trying to understand the financial world today."—Stephen Kay, Retired Partner at Goldman Sachs

 “Howard and Snider provide a concise and dynamic view of the venture capital business. Anyone who wants to understand the mechanics of this industry will learn from and enjoy the book, particularly those who aspire to be venture capitalists.”  —Nicholas Beim, General Partner, Matrix Partners

“Approachable and insightful, Money Makers takes you inside many of the most selective industries within the business world. Private equity, hedge funds, management consulting and the like are often referenced in the media but seldom fully explained. With their own experience and the wisdom of the business and finance leaders they interviewed, the authors have done a remarkable job making sense of these sophisticated fields.” —Jim Ellis, Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, former President and CEO of Porsche Design

"I was blown away at how insightful Money Makers is. A fresh look at the DNA of private equity, venture capital, hedge funds and more. I wish something like this existed when I started my career in finance."—Jeff Bloomberg, Principal at Gordon Brothers, former Senior Managing Director for Retail and Consumer Products at Bear Stearns

"Money Makers answers the questions too few people have been willing to ask! An incredibly valuable addition to the library of anybody who wants to understand the workings of the generally “hidden” parts of business and finance."—Len Schlesinger- President Babson College

"Money Makers is a must read for anyone considering a career in finance, consulting, or management.  David Snider and Chris Howard deftly describe each of these secretive professions with unparalleled detail.  Using real life examples and interviews with industry veterans, the book provides everything you will need to know about these prestigious fields and the people leading them."—Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, Director of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.; The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230614017
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 1,189,892
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Snider works in the private equity group at Bain Capital. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Distinction from Duke University.

Dr.  Chris Howard is the President of Hampden-Sydney College and Chairman of the Impact Young Lives Foundation.  He was previously Vice President for Strategic & Leadership Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma and a manager with General Electric’s elite Corporate Initiatives Group.  He holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School, and is a Rhodes Scholar. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2010

    A stellar resource for the recent graduate

    Money Makers is the perfect guide for a graduate who is, like me, slightly overwhelmed at the daunting process of choosing a career path. The book walks you through the different worlds of business and does so with humor and understanding. Though the content reaches a sophisticated level, the reading is accessible to the less business-savvy of people. I would recommend it to any and all who are looking to pursue a career in business, looking to make money, or looking for an explanation on what the difference is between Investment Banking, Brokers, Venture Capitalists . all the words that make headlines but that we have trouble wrapping our heads around.

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

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    Money Makers

    If you¿ve ever wondered what drives major segments of the financial industry ¿ investment banking, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, management consulting and corporate management ¿ David Snider and Chris Howard provide some solid answers in this introductory overview of these sectors. Their survey includes interviews with industry leaders and a summary of the traits employees need to succeed in these fields. getAbstract finds this jargon-free, informative book useful for business students and others interested in finding careers in this challenging industry.

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    One of the best business books I've read

    One of the best business books I've read: Money Makers was informative, concise, and entertaining.

    I've recommended this book numerous times to people who are either a) considering a financial career, b) striving to place financial news in a more nuanced context, or c) curious about the hands pulling the strings in our financial markets.

    Why it's unique: the book integrates candid interviews with luminaries from financial titans Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital, Greylock Partners, and McKinsey, as well as leaders at corporate behemoths Google, Motorola, General Electric, and Boston Scientific (among others). David Snider's and Dr. Chris Howard's thorough background research puts each industry into sharp focus. Refreshingly, the technical explanations throughout the book clarify such frequently confused topics as debt instruments, subprime mortgages, and investment with nearly unparalleled clarity.

    Favorite parts: the unflinching assessments of the life of investment bankers, private equity managers, hedge fund managers, management consultants, and venture capitalists are especially memorable. These richly painted portrayals simultaneously educated and engaged me by including the detailed pros and cons of the five industries' work-life balance, compensation considerations, and required characteristics for success.

    My only gripe: the entrepreneurship section got relatively short-shrift amidst the book's other financial profiles. On the other hand, entrepreneurs are frequently media darlings already. Money Makers' true edge is in carefully illuminating the less well documented actors of the business world--actors that have played significant roles in the recent financial disasters.

    Overall, I still give Money Makers an enthusiastic "A+".

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    Posted June 9, 2010

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