Rags to Riches: Motivating Stories of How Ordinary People Achieved Extraordinary Wealth!

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From magician to manufacturing magnate, financial columnist to real estate investor, poet to college drop-out, here are the profiles of 17 ordinary people who started with nothing. Husband-wife financial journalist team Gail Liberman and Alan Lavine collaborate on an engaging and insightful journey into the lives, histories and backgrounds of people who have themselves traveled from rags to riches and are willing to share their insights. The authors add their professional perspectives employed by these people to amass and retain their fortunes, and tips to avoid the downside of wealth.

Each story illustrates a different wealth accumulation and retention strategy. Readers will meet the likes of:

* Bootstrap Entrepreneur Lisa Renshaw, who lived in a 10 x 12 foot room for three and a half years while she built her parking garage into a respectable business, now employing 300 people, with 68 garages and parking lots, and generating $28 million in annual revenues.
* Pro golfer Juan "Chi Chi" Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican sugar laborer turned golf caddy who developed fame and wealth by living his passion.
* Poet and university instructor Maya Angelou, who was asked to deliver an original poem at Bill Clinton's inauguration. Since then she has written 11 best sellers.
* Record mogul David Geffen, a ne'er do well high school drop-out who co-founded DreamWorks film studio and is now worth 2.3 billion.

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Who doesnt? From magician to manufacturing magnate, financial columnist to real estate investor, poet to college dropout, here are the profiles of 17 ordinary people who started with nothingand became millionaires! These are the stories of people who overcame poverty or in some cases middle-class lifestyles to single-handedly beat overwhelming odds and achieve financial success. They may not all be household names, but their stories can serve as an inspiration to us all.

Praise for Rags to Riches:

There are as many paths to financial success as there are people who want to achieve it. This book shows that wealth is within the reach of just about anyone.

Tom Siedell, Managing Editor, Your Money

The most extraordinary thing about Rags to Riches is that it affirms how ordinary people have this tremendous, innate ability to achieve success and generate wealth if they put their minds to it.

John F. Wasik, Author, Retire Early and Live the Life You Want Now

Rags to Riches: Motivating Stories of How Ordinary People Achieved Extraordinary Wealth goes well beyond the quick-fix guru guidebooks to explore effective, long-term strategies that systematically build wealth. Its a fascinating, candid look at how every day, people reach their goals by turning challenge into opportunity.

Marla Brill, Publisher, Brills Mutual Funds Interactive

A fascinating and instructive collection of biographies.

Evan Simonoff, Associated Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Financial Planning

Now readers everywhere can discover what Palm Beach Daily News readers have learned: Gail Liberman and Alan Lavine know everything there is to know about personal wealthhow to get it and how to grow it. Gails weekly column in our paper tells affluent readers how to manage their fortunes. This book takes a step back and tells readers, in the words of millionaires who been there and done it, how to acquire a vast personal fortune.

Linda Rawls, Editor, Palm Beach Daily News

About the Author:

Husband and wife Alan Lavine and Gail Liberman know money. They are syndicated finance columnists and authors based in North Palm Beach, Florida. Their joint columns run weekly in the Boston Herald, on America Online, and in numerous newspapers. They are frequent guests on radio and television as well as columnists for Fundsinteractive.com and Quicken.com. Alan and Gail are the authors of Love, Marriage & Money, as well as the bestseller, The Complete Idiots Guide to Making Money with Mutual Funds.

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