The New Elite: Inside the Minds of the Truly Wealthy / Edition 2

The New Elite: Inside the Minds of the Truly Wealthy / Edition 2

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by Jim Taylor, Doug Harrison, Stephen Kraus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814400485

ISBN-13: 9780814400487

Pub. Date: 09/10/2008

Publisher: AMACOM Books

We are all fascinated by them—that enigmatic class of peo­ple often referred to as the rich. With all the emphasis on the rich and famous in America, we would think we know everything about them. In reality, very few of us truly understand those who make up the very wealthiest Americans—those with liquid assets of $5 million or more. What is this

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We are all fascinated by them—that enigmatic class of peo­ple often referred to as the rich. With all the emphasis on the rich and famous in America, we would think we know everything about them. In reality, very few of us truly understand those who make up the very wealthiest Americans—those with liquid assets of $5 million or more. What is this new class of people and how did they get that way?

In The New Elite, the authors reveal what motivates our country’s most powerful and influential class, what they want, where they shop, and how they really spend their money. With candor and unique insight, they reveal that the people who drive our economy are not Ivy league-educated, luxury-seeking socialites. While they include luminaries like Bill Gates, David Geffen, Ralph Lauren, and Donald Trump, they also include the small business owner next door. Based on unprecedented research with hundreds of interviews with members of this unique group,The New Elite uncovers the five classes of America’s newly wealthy—including those who struggle with its implications, those who refuse to let it change them, and those who give it away, and how each of them is changing our culture and economy. This is an entertaining and enlightening look at America’s ruling class, the profound ways they have redefined what it means to be rich, and how we court them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814400487
Publisher:
AMACOM Books
Publication date:
09/10/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments vii

1. Today’s Wealth Explosion 1

The Supernova and the Gravitational Pull of Money

2. Debunking Paris Hilton 13

Why the Wealthy Told Us Their Stories

3. The Wealth of the Nation 21

Four Waves of American Wealth

4. There’s a New Sheriff in Town 41

The Triumph of the Middle Class

5. Money Matters 73

The Myths and Realities of the Wealthy and Their Money

6. The New Luxury 93

The Search for Sublime Value

7. The Journey of Wealth 113

The Arc of Maturation

8. Flavors of Wealth 127

The Five Lifestyle Choices

9. Globizens 155

Global Citizens and the Waning of Nationalism

10. Wealtherkind 169

The Children of Entrepreneurial Wealth

11. The Third Age 185

Reinventment and Philanthrobusiness

12. The Plutonomy 199

When 5 Percent of the Haves Own More Than the Other 95 Percent Combined

A Final Word 223

Appendix 225

Our Methodologies for Studying the Wealthy

Index 233

About the Authors 243

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