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From a renowned financial journalist who has written for Time, Fortune, Forbes, and The New Yorker, a fresh and unexpectedly profound book that draws on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with many of the world’s super-investors to demonstrate that the keys for building wealth hold other life lessons as well.

Billionaire investors. If we think of them, it’s with a mixture of awe and suspicion. Clearly, they possess a kind of genius - the proverbial Midas Touch. But are the skills they possess transferable? And do they have anything to teach us besides making money?

In Richer, Wiser, Happier, William Green draws on interviews that he’s conducted over 25 years with many of the world’s greatest investors. As he discovered, their talents extend well beyond the financial realm. The most successful investors are mavericks and iconoclasts who question conventional wisdom and profit vastly from their ability to think more rationally, rigorously, and objectively. They are master game players who consciously maximize their odds of long-term success in markets and life, while also minimizing any risk of catastrophe. They draw powerful insights from many different fields, are remarkably intuitive about trends, practice fanatical discipline, and have developed a high tolerance for pain. As Green explains, the best investors can teach us not only how to become rich, but how to improve the way we think, reach decisions, assess risk, avoid costly errors, build resilience, and turn uncertainty to our advantage.

Green ushers us into the lives of more than 40 super-investors, visiting them in their offices, homes, and even their places of worship - all to share what they have to teach. From Sir John Templeton to Charlie Munger, Jack Bogle to Ed Thorp, Will Danoff to Mohnish Pabrai, Bill Miller to Laura Geritz, Joel Greenblatt to Howard Marks. In explaining how they think and why they win, this “unexpectedly illuminating” (Peter Diamandis) book provides “many nuggets of wisdom” (The Washington Post) that will enrich you both financially and personally. 

©2021 William Green (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Excellent Work of Art

William Green’s book “Richer, Wiser, Happier”, is an excellently written book. In reading the first couple of chapters, it is apparent the book fleshes out years of exhaustive and thorough research on each successful investor. Not only do we get to know each investor in what made them tick, but their methods of value investing that made them successful are fleshed out in detail. I highly recommend William’s book as a MUST-READ for any serious investor to add to their library. I have read several books on value investing, and William’s book certainly rises to the top as one of the best page-turners I have read in a long time. The audible version has an excellent narrator that appropriately adjusts pitch, tone, and even accents to quote different investors. William’s book will remain on my iPhone for me to listen to again at will as it is not only educational but highly enjoyable and an obvious work of art!

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Understand Their Thinking and Clone Their Practices

Balanced between how to grow financial and spiritual wealth over time. If just starting out as an investor, read this before reading the books by the investors that Green interviewed. Excellent narrative plus focused principles from lessons learned for practical application. This book is not technical in investment analysis but covers personal perspectives and value investing principles well. Tenets of simplicity, diligence, patience, mindfulness and charity come together.

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Modern Day Blueprint from Billionaire Investors

Great read!⭐ A 25-year journey into the back stories, influences, lives & investment strategies of Templeton, Munger, Buffet, Bogle, Thorp & Greenblatt et al. These investors were/are mavericks, unicorns & contrariens. Commonalities abound. ☆Replicate strategies ☆Buy great, highly-undervalued companies ☆Hold 10 years minimum ☆No distractions ☆Immersion into the target company /country ☆And for life: Love your neighbor as yourself☆ Refrain from what is unwholesome☆ Do Good☆ Purify your mind☆ What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor- the rest is commentary. 💯✅

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An in depth interview on some of the greatest in investing

Simply one of the best business books ever written and narrated. Raphael Corkhill narration makes the book worth listening than reading.

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fascinating insights

more than finance...this book explains the types of people and ideas that sustainable in life.

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The last 10 minutes...wow...just wow!!!?!

The last 10 minutes...wow...just wow!! This is a must listen for all value investors. An instant classic.

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Great book spoiled by terrible narration.

This is an interesting and informative book based on years of research and many interviews of expert practitioners of the art of investing. Overall I liked it very much, but the experience was definitely spoiled by the melodramatic, soft-porn-type narration. I learned a lot, but for my second time through I will be using the print copy.

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Final 15minutes, Just wow

Just like a movie, Climax of this book is on another level. Best book and Inspirational stories.

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Fantastic Insights

Loved this book the contents are fantastic insights that every investor should know and hear. Especially loved the Howard Marks section.

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Great life learnings!

I bought this book thinking that it would provide insights into investing but came away with insights into life! I thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended to numerous friends. It one that I have highlighted and will keep as a reference book!

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