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By Andrew Tobias

"This booklet will make you wealthy. Filthy stinking wealthy. you'll by no means have to paintings back. you'll spend the remainder of your lifestyles at the Riviera sipping piña coladas and hearing Sinatra. or even if this does not take place, Andrew Tobias offers you any such wealth of wit that you'll retire with an unlimited fortune of laughter. "
--Christopher Buckley, writer of Wry Martinis

As Newsweek positioned it, "Andrew Tobias is still the funniest of the monetary writers."  Forbes pointed out him as "one of the monetary community's such a lot pithily perceptive observers." In My great Fortune, the bestselling writer of the one funding consultant you are going to Ever desire tells the a laugh and illuminating tale of the way he accumulated dizzying (well, to him) wealth. Then, he describes the bizarre methods he is positioned it to paintings. between his extra well-known cash adventures are:

His own crusade opposed to smoking in Russia, which begun whilst he noticed a chance to shop for affordable television airtime for advertisements. "Excuse my pronunciation, " he instructed 90 million Russians evening after evening, "but i've got anything very important to inform you."
His selection to shop for genuine property in Miami over the telephone, with no ever seeing it. For the cost of a swank two-bedroom house in manhattan, Tobias learned he might purchase such a lot of a neighborhood--so he did. Oops. The tragicomic tale of liberal as slumlord.
His campaign to mend the car assurance mess, which pitted him against--of all people--his  onetime hero Ralph Nader. After spending $250,000 of his enormous fortune on a referendum in California (where he hasn't ever lived), Tobias got here to 2 conclusions: 1) "Each people has a calling and--though appallingly boring--auto coverage appeared increasingly more to be mine" ; and a couple of) "Ralph Nader is a giant fats idiot."

Finally, Tobias addresses your significant fortune and provides his wisest the best way to make it and the way to spend it. Witty and compassionate, Andrew Tobias is a plutocrat for the nineties, a capitalist with a center. when you loved the one funding consultant you will Ever desire, you will love My huge Fortune.

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