The Ten Roads to Riches: The Way the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!)

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"When you come to a fork in the road to riches, follow Ken Fisher, the self-made billionaire and popular Forbes magazine columnist. I wish Ken's canny wisdom had been in print when I was starting out."—Rich Karlgaard, publisher, Forbes magazine

"Oprah, Julius Caesar, sports, and garbage collectors. Ken Fisher's The Ten Roads to Riches shows that while there isn't one path to ...

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Overview

Praise for The Ten Roads to Riches

"When you come to a fork in the road to riches, follow Ken Fisher, the self-made billionaire and popular Forbes magazine columnist. I wish Ken's canny wisdom had been in print when I was starting out."—Rich Karlgaard, publisher, Forbes magazine

"Oprah, Julius Caesar, sports, and garbage collectors. Ken Fisher's The Ten Roads to Riches shows that while there isn't one path to wealth,you do need a road map."—Pimm Fox, host of Bloomberg TV's Taking Stock

"The Ten Roads to Riches gives you a front-row seat to learn from veteran money manager Ken Fisher how the richest built their wealth, and how you can too. Most every reader will find a path or two here that's right for them. I highly recommend reading this new book."—ERIC TYSON, syndicated columnist and bestselling author of Investing For Dummies and Personal Finance For Dummies

"Trust me: over the long term, it's more fun to be rich than to play games. . . . It might not feel that way short term, but that's why we've got people like Ken Fisher, who can humorously tell us why we're wrong and what we need to do better if we want to actually make some money."—James J. Cramer, CNBC's Mad Money and TheStreet.com, from the Foreword to The Only Three Questions That Count

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470285367
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/20/2008
  • Series: Fisher Investments Press Series , #9
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 348,803
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Fisher is best known for his prestigious "Portfolio Strategy" column in Forbes magazine, where his twenty-four-year tenure of high-profile market calls makes him the fourth longest-running columnist in Forbes's ninety-year history. He is also founder, Chairman, and CEO of Fisher Investments, an independent global money management firm with over $45 billion in assets. Fisher is ranked #271 on the 2007 Forbes 400 list of richest Americans and #677 on the 2008 Forbes Global Billionaire list, and is on Investment Advisor magazine's prestigious IA-25 list of the industry's most influential people. He is the award-winning author of numerous scholarly articles and has published four previous major finance books, including the New York Times bestseller The Only Three Questions Count, which is published by Wiley. Fisher has been published, interviewed, and/or written about in most major American, British, and German finance or business periodicals. He has a weekly column in Handelsblatt, Germany's leading finance daily.

Lara Hoffmans graduated with a BA from the University of Notre Dame. She is a Senior Content Editor at Fisher Investments, and coauthored with Ken Fisher the bestseller The Only Three Questions That Count.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Why Ten Roads?

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1 The Richest Road.

Picking a Path.

Newer or Better?

Built to Sell or Built to Last?

Bootstrap or Finance?

Public or Private?

The Big Bull’s-Eye.

Founders Are Quitters—Just Do It.

Chapter 2 Pardon Me, That’s My Throne.

Gray Hair and Dues-Paying.

A CEO-volution (Through My Father’s Eyes).

How to Lead.

How to Get the Job.

The Big Payday.

CEOs and Superheroes.

The Best Part.

Chapter 3 Along for the Ride: Ride-Alongs.

Why Ride Along?

Pick the Right Firm.

Be the Right Guy.

Chapter 4 Rich . . . and Famous.

The Talent Show.

Potholes Ahead No One Sees!

Mogul Meandering.

Chapter 5 Marry Well. Really Well.

How to Marry a Millionaire Billionaire.

Like a Fine Wine—Well Maintained.

Men Can Play Too!

Love, Marriage, and Money.

Chapter 6 Steal It—Like a Pirate, but Legally.

Crusader or Pirate?

Raider’s Road.

The Richest Legal Road.

Tort Us and the Scare.

Target Practice.

When a Pirate Becomes a Villain.

The Inside Track.

Chapter 7 OPM—Not Opium: Where Most of the Richest Are.

Basic OPM Career Rules.

Steps to OPM Wealth.

Hedge Your Bets.

Private Equity’s Big Bucks.

Don’t Break the Law.

Love Capitalism, Not Social Acceptance.

Chapter 8 Inventing Income.

The True Inventors.

Writing for Dollars.

Political Pensions—and Good News.

If You Can’t Be President . . . .

Think Tanks Run Amok—a Sham-Scam.

Chapter 9 Trumping the Land Barons.

Monetize It.

The Fool’s Bargain.

Getting Started.

Buy, Build, or Both?

Where to Be and Not to Be; That Is the Question.

Chapter 10 The Road More Traveled.

Income Matters.

Saving Grace.

Get a Good Rate of Return (Buy Stocks).

The Right Strategy.

Bonds Are Riskier Than Stocks. Seriously.

Like Hetty?

Conclusion.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2009

    Fun, Entertaining Road Trip

    This was one of those books that is in turns funny, light, but also surprisingly revealing and educational. I wish I read this book in high school. It would have saved me some unproductive early shots at building a good career. There are rich roads, and richer roads, but the books important message isn't about traveling the richest road, but traveling the one that's first of all most likely to net your riches, but also is right for you.

    I liked his insight particularly about starting your own business and also becoming a top executive at a firm. Both can make you financially well-off, but its important to weigh the risks of one over the other.

    And I just laughed my whole way through the chapter on finding a rich mate. Its a funny topic, but you can see how it is for some people a very serious pursuit. I picked up some good insight on politics from that chapter, surprisingly.

    I also really enjoyed the chapter on plaintiff law. It was alternately funny and scary to read about our tort system. No doubt its a good way for some people to get rich but its not for me.

    Every politician should read the chapter on being a land baron. I never realized how much tax policy and building use policy can impact so directly how economically vibrant an area is.

    In all this is a good survey of the ways most rich people built their wealth. I think its fun and enjoyable to read if you're already established in a career but it could be very instructive (while entertaining) for someone in college or someone who's thinking of changing a career. Most career books are very dry. This one was anything but.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2009

    Ten Roads to Riches, Hit the Spot

    This one has been on my book shelf for awhile as happens to the best of us. I finally took it down and read it in a day and a half, mostly because it was engrossing, but also because it was entertaining. But as fun as it was to read and even a little tongue and cheek at times, I learned some valuable lessons. Its a good book for someone younger who is thinking about careers, but it was also good to read as an older guy who's had a long professional career.

    Parts of it were almost memoir like about the author who has been a very successful business owner. But it was all good armchair reading. Give it as a gift to a college student or anyone.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    WORST book I've ever read!

    The 11th road to riches: Write a generic, vague book with downright obvious information and sell it the unsuspecting public. <BR/><BR/>He simply points out which professions/people make the most money. I don't need a book to tell me that Pro ball players make millions. I'll save you some long worthless hours with a synopsis:<BR/> "Become a CEO"....this an actual chapter. Buy a business, and make yourself CEO. Simple as that! Or, become the #2 guy behind the CEO! Suck up to people in power, basically. You can also become a famous sports star...they make lots of money...who knew?! Or become an actor. They make millions/year. He tells you to practice acting, and get an agent. Then lists how much certain actors and Baseball players make. Another chapter is about marrying rich. He tells you places in New York to find rich people - seriously. Next chapter - Steal it by becoming a plaintiff's lawyer and sue your way to riches! Or start a hedge fund! Hmmm, not a problem, that should be easy! Make money by inventing things, or writing books! You can also become the next Donal Trump by becoming a land baron. <BR/><BR/>This book made me mad at the author while I was reading it. Ken Fisher should be ashamed of himself for putting this book out. Most of it is blatanly obvious filler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

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    Author, Light at the End of My Pen

    Congradulations on the book, am ordering one!

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