By Peter W. Bernstein, Annalyn Swan
From Wall road to the West Coast, from blue-collar billionaires to blue-blood fortunes, from the Google men to hedge-fund honchos, all of the cash on the earth provides us the lowdown on this present day richest americans. Veteran reporters Peter W. Bernstein and Annalyn Swan delve into who made and misplaced the main funds long ago twenty-five years, the fields and industries that experience produced the best wealth, the most important possibility takers, the main aggressive avid gamers, the main wasteful family members feuds, the trophy better halves, the main conspicuous shoppers, the largest paintings creditors, and the main and least beneficiant philanthropists. Incorporating specific, never-before-published info from Forbes journal, all of the funds on the planet is a greatly exciting, behind-the-scenes examine contemporary significant wealthy.
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